Piracy, mafia and strong-arm tactics

There is a war on and increasingly it seems that those who play by the rules might be losing out. Take the corporate end of the content industry for instance, mostly resident in the US and Europe, who are at war with pirates the world over and still seem to play by rules which compromise their ability to fight back.

You might recall my post a week or so ago about the Ukranian who was shot in Italy as part of feuding groups involved in content piracy. Well, whoever shot him is proabably doing good business now having eliminated their competition and, through fear, increased the barriers to entry for newcomers.

Given the degree of erosion to market revenues and the snail’s pace of legal systems in Western democracies and the questionable legal controls in say Russia or China the content industry needs to come in harder and faster on the commercial end of piracy.


1. Buy Sealand and install a third party there to launch denial of service attacks and other dastardly technical measures on end-user P2P’ers. Also stops PirateBay buying it.

2. On a more realistic note, they need to see piracy as a business and look at how those involved in illegal business conduct their affairs. Less lawyers, less mr nice guy, less C&Ds, less takedown notices, less DMCA and more leg-breaking, bribery and intimidation.

OK, so as a publically traded company there are certain things you cannot be seen to do but come on big companies do all sorts off the radar. We shouldn’t be hearing about criminal proceedings about directors of Allofmp3, we should be hearing that he got hurt or has mysteriously disappeared. Fight fire with fire.

Here’s my more moderate line for the company prepared to play dirty and protect their own interests … go make deals. No, not those deals that involve months of lawyers negotiating tweaks to standard form contracts, but dealing with the business interests involved in commercial pirate enterprises. Firstly demonstrate the ability to play dirty – burgle a data centre or launch a denial of service or similar. Then say,  “We’ll back off on giving you grief and hounding you in the courts if you comply with taking our content down”.

The real threat is:

1. that technical measures are too weak  – there might be thousands of decoys but i only need to get a file once or actually I can wait for a slowed down BT download or have multiple running simultaneously.

2. The law is too slow.

3. The two together may not be enough to avoid the decline of the content industry as we know it.

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