MPAA targets TV BitTorrent tracker sites

There's a certain insanity here. Take content that is transmitted free to air, remove the ads, rip it to Divx, post it on Bittorrent. Fairly obssessive people then spend considerable time downloading it so they can watch shows they've missed. The MPAA then goes after the tracker sites.

Meanwhile the BBC is hard at work trying to find ways to give away it's content in ever more useful ways.

Now somewhere around that 2nd stage (remove the ads) the TV industry's business model fell apart. Which makes the final action by the MPAA inevitable. And ultimately it's the obsessive end user who suffers.

So you business model is screwed. How is that my problem?

My experience of this is an obssession with Alias. In the UK, it's on a minority channel at an awkward time. In order not to miss an episode, I've been collecting rips of season 4 via BitTorrent from BT@Effnet. It's really pretty hard to see how doing this is impacting the copyright owner's ability to make money from the series.

More on this. Mark Pesce (the well known digital Magickian) has a great article about the business models affected here.

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