Censorship of The Internet Due to Pirating

What is pirating, exactly? I’m not talking about Pirates of the Caribbean or anything like that, I am specifically referring to illegal distribution of games and media. About how if one person has it, so does the rest of the world; about how millions of dollars gets flooded into preventing its art, but fails; and most importantly, about how grateful all media and game thieves should be to the ones on the front lines, stealing the first copy to share with an entire population.

Today, the domain of downloading has vastly broadened to an overwhelming system. Even the most computer-handicapped person can open up Limewire and download the song he is looking for. In addition, there are also Youtube to mp3 converters, numerous websites and P2P clients.

For those of you who don’t know, P2P stands for “Person to Person.” In Layman’s terms, it is the act of one person to upload a file on the World Wide Web, and for another to have the ability to download that same exact file—person to person. Such P2P clients include but are not limited to Limewire, torrents, Megaupload, Rapidshare, Mediafire, etc. There are literally hundreds of P2P clients, with hundreds of millions of users behind them.

But although media and game theft is an immense deal, it is only fair to give most (if not all) of the credit to the ones on the front lines: The boxboy who stole a single copy of Inception and uploaded it online three weeks before the due DVD release date; the high school kid who hooked up a bunch of cords and copied over thirty (that’s right, 30) beta Xbox 360 games and uploaded them all for free. Also, the hackers, the crackers, and the script writers. They make it all possible, and without them every pirate would be struggling a whole lot more.

Although it may not seem like it, this form of theft isn’t left unattended; in nearly all fourth-world countries that are accompanied with a computer in every other household, there are dozens of anti-pirating agencies entrusted with the sole task of preventing and dealing with these forms of burglars. Unfortunately (sarcasm), they’ve had no luck whatsoever. The SIIA, for example, sinks millions of dollars into anti-piracy alone, each year.

As a model, let’s use Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. The SIIA estimated that there are now more PC users who have downloaded this game illegally than actually paid for it. As payback though, Activision (the game’s makers) took a patch that was originally hacker-created and uploaded it for themselves! The original purpose for this patch was to fix a few glitches; to improve the game, overall. A couple weeks after the patch was created, Activision officially disclosed the information that they were releasing a fix to improve gameplay which cost them an average of $6 million for programming costs, and two weeks to make: “Two weeks of hard work and six million dollars later…” Well Activision should’ve checked up on their programming more thoroughly, because they didn’t even remove the patch’s original creator’s name (which will not be disclosed for his safety) from it! So every single time someone started his game up, his name appeared on the screen in big, bold, green lettering. How embarrassing on Activision’s part.

The point here being that if some underground script journeyman can make a $6 million patch, how on earth are gaming industries supposed to compete with that? On a side note, why don’t gaming industries hire those guys to create anti-pirating software, since they know all of the strings concerning the matter?

Well the most recent answer is that the United States Government wants to censor the internet. In this scenario, the internet is controlled and monitored, and the big names will go first. In recent scandals, Youtube would go first and then it’s a trickle-down effect from there. If passed, this bill will allow the government to spy on every average man, woman and child. So you’d better look out, because Big Brother is watching you!

Even with all of these governmental dilemmas, there still isn’t a doubt in this journalist’s mind that no matter what any government does, there will always be hacking-anarchists who will rise up to the challenge of beating this ever-so-changing communist America. Every word that is written down in history about how the American government tried to censor the internet will be overwhelmed by a flood of ones and zeros; billions and billions of lines of script all written by united hackers. They can’t stop us…

About venomouswonder

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Posted on December 12, 2010, in News. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. P2P is Peer to Peer

    Rapidshare (and the other upload sites) are not P2P sites. They are merely file hosts.

    Also, Limewire has now been shut down.

    • You beat me to it.
      Exactly. P2P – Peer to Peer
      And filesharing servers are NOT P2P…

    • I know what P2P really means; as with all of my articles though, they’re made for the most simple and basic people, ones who have little to no knowledge of the internet or pirating.

      I’ve had several people come up to me when I told them that P2P is Peer to Peer, and they always ask what that means. I figure that person to person is just easier to understand.

      I categorize Rapidshare and others as P2P because, once again, it is easier to understand for the average person.

      And there are a few hackers that have released a new Limewire that works in the same way that Tunngle works. It is between the ones that have the crack.

      • Don’t worry about it – I was just putting it in the comments in case people who thought otherwise were confused.

        Although I’m still confused as to how classing a file host as P2P helps explain something… surely you could use an analogy such as these:

        P2P is like you wanting to obtain a pack of cards. You may need just a few cards, or the full pack. You know some friends who have the first 13, another person who has a couple lying around, and the rest are scattered around some of your other friends. The action of getting all these cards into a pile to use, is what P2P is all about.

        Imagine you want to download an album (legally) via P2P – you may want one song, or the whole album. Someone might have just one song, a few songs, or the whole album (typically the person who started the torrent off). The action of obtaining these files from each person is called P2P file-sharing – they are sharing information about each of the files to you, so that you can download them and ultimately listen to them.

        Then, for file-hosts:

        Imagine a supermarket – a huge, central place where many products are kept, and people can buy goods from the store.

        Just like a supermarket, a filehost is a massive place on the Internet, where people can download files (for free, or sometimes pay to download). Having a subscription to one of these sites is like having a loyalty or membership card to a supermarket – it might give you more features, or a faster download speed.

        They’re just two quick analogies I thought of then, so they aren’t the best, and I’m sure I could think of better ones, but that’s probably how I would describe a torrent, for example, to someone.

  2. yeah now a days we hear a lot about censorship
    its even posted on iso hunt
    censorship can happen on america but i dont think it will happen all over the world
    by the way whats 4th world?
    hmm u may want to re arrange the sentence about p2p clients are not limited to lime wire utorrnt etc.

    i must say its well understood i dont mind the way its written . it was being taken into account for those guys that dont know about p2p.

    • Fourth world is the most technologically advanced. America, Canada, most of Europe. As compared to third world, which are countries in Africa, mostly.

      • Erm “Fourth world” is not ” is the most technologically advanced. America, Canada, most of Europe.” The complete opposite in fact. Fourth world societies can be defined as sub-populations socially excluded from global society, or nomadic, pastoral, and hunter-gatherer peoples living beyond the modern industrial norm.

  3. No, way its can never be stop ….

    Becoz if u make one antipiracy software then hacker make 10 way to copy that…

    hacker rock

  4. Downloading copyrighted youtube videos or converting them to MP3 files are considered to be piracy?
    Dang, I’m a pirate… How am i going to live with myself xD
    PS: Nice Post 😀

    • Thank you very much for the compliment. And depends on what downloaders you use, but some will say, “This video contains a copyright, bypass?” So some will tell you, some won’t.

  5. You can allways use proxy to connect to internet if you want to be safe. I dont think that anybody can do anything about that.
    Only thing that bothers me and might complicate things on web is NET NEUTRALITY but thats topic on its own.

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