MPAA’s Piracy Strategy Leaked Online
In the past few weeks, Sony has dealt with a hacking incident that has not only tarnished its reputation, its workers, its films and potential revenue, but has leaked other confidential information. The latest leak shows off the MPAA’s global strategy in dealing with piracy. This email was sent out to all the major motion picture studios.
This part of the email details areas from High to Low:
I’d honestly put BitTorrent in the “High” category, but maybe that explains why they really don’t know what is going on or how to stop piracy. Sure, streaming is bad (when pirated), but you can’t obtain most streaming files from websites unless you really know what you’re doing. BitTorrent allows you to permanently download files and keep them on whatever device you’re using. What the MPAA should add to its “High” priority list is: “Don’t let this strategy get out online for everyone to see.”
Here’s a closer look into their strategy for high priority cyberclockers/video streaming:
This means going after apps, sites, domains, site scoring services, issuing copyright notices, and pressuring the Gov’t against these pirates.
Now on to the mid priority BitTorrent strategy:
The MPAA will continue to put its pressure on search engines that unintentionally direct people toward pirated material, find the hosting sites that allow people to download the material, and find the sites that let you get the material — The Pirate Bay being an example.
Speaking of The Pirate Bay, the co-founder was just released after that raid of their servers:
One of the alleged Pirate Bay crew members arrested a week ago has been released from custody. The man remains a suspect in a new Pirate Bay investigation, and prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad believes that this could eventually lead to new hearings.
In addition to police seizing some of Pirate Bay’s crucial infrastructure, last Tuesday authorities also arrested one individual with alleged ties to the notorious torrent site.
After being held in custody for nearly a week, the Pirate Bay suspect was released from custody yesterday, pending an ongoing investigation.
The suspect is believed to be one of the moderators of the site, but this hasn’t been confirmed by the police. Expert file-sharing case prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad did state that the man was suspected of copyright violations.
It’s been a pretty rough few weeks for everyone involved. Sony is continually being tarnished with new stories being published daily. The MPAA’s entire strategy just gave every pirate on the internet the heads-up, and we still will never get to see The Interview any time soon.
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