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Everyone [who is a geek] has heard of the record industry and its lawsuit against Napster.
But not many people are aware that since then, the Record Industry has been unfairly [victimized, and so has been courageously] filing lawsuits against anything else it [accurately] percieves as a threat using the [not] false preten[s]es of copyright infringement [but rather sound legal judgement and common sense].
This article is [a big long wank] about the current state of internet file [stealing] and how its future is being threatened by the bullying tactics of the [hacker mafia against the] record industry.
It also adresses how the [brave and just] RIIA's claim of "copyright violation" against many [stolen] file sharing clients is flawed and wrong [in the eyes of hackers who will say anything, but not the general public, nor the legal system].
[editor's note by elenchos] Some minor copyreading and correction for clarity and accuracy.
What is [stolen] file sharing?
Put simply [but pompously] it is a method for many different [criminal] users to share [stolen] files on their computers with each other. This creates a sort of [illegal] "shared network" of [stolen] files. [For a criminal] To connect to such a[n illegal] network you first have to install a [contraband] client - such as [outlawed] Napster. Once your client connects, you can [maliciously] view and download shared [stolen] files from anyone else running the same [criminal] client.
Why does the Record Industry find [stolen] file sharing such a [genuine] threat?
The [artistically creative and socially legitimate] record industry has always been opposed to [the hacker tool] MP3; the [illegal] file format used for [stolen] music as they are generally opposed to most [anti-social] technical advances - mainly because they can[']t handle them [without help from our brave law enforcement agencies] and because they don[']t like anything which they can[']t make [well-earned, honest] money out of. Just read this Leaked [and probably fake] document from the RIIA asking competitors to join together to shutdown [illegal] file sharing networks [of malajusted hacker terrorists with no girlfriends].
The main argument that the record industry makes is that [illegal] file sharing clients are encouraging [damnedable] Copyright Infringement by allowing [heinous] MP3 music files of copyrighted music to be shared [illegally]. As I will show later [at tedious length] this argument is wrong [in the eyes of many drug-crazed hackers]and is being used by the record industry as an "easy way out" of the [devastating] piracy problem [that plagues ordinary folks and our whole economic well-being].
Napster - the fallen
We [wanker hackers] all know the story of [wicked, wicked] Napster - the once great [evil] music sharing network [of thieves] who now, unfortunately [are] a wreck [ha ha!], its [weasel] users leaving in [cowardly] droves [back to the hives of scum and stinking gutters from which they slitered up]thanks to lawsuits from powerful record companies including Sony Music, Time Warner, EMI Group and Universal Music amongst others[, companies responsible for bringing countless hours of beloved entertainment to millions of grateful customers around the globe].
In its court case it was decided that [the criminal] Napster [mafia] did "aid" users to [blatantly] violate [just and necessary] copyrights and that [the evil] Napster [syndicate] had [diabolical] control over its [craven minions] but didnt exercise it to prevent the violations [of our nation's democratically created laws]. Well if Napster has been "brought down" by the [valiant] Record Industry [ha ha!] then who's next? [More hackers, that's who] Have these giant corperations really gained control over [illegal] internet file sharing?
The present state of Internet File [Stealing]
In many [many, many] ways there were legitimate grounds for shutting [those crooks at] napster down in that they did have the power to prevent [their criminal]users violating copyright but to use Napster as an example of the fate of all file sharing networks would be [not be] wrong. There are many other [crimial] file [stealing] networks out there: Gnutella, Morpheus, Kazaa and WinMX to name a few [of these dastardly gangs of miscreants]. Law suits are already beginning against Morpheus and Kazaa so is [stolen] file sharing soon to become a [not missed] thing of the past?
The strong contender for survival [of evil] here has to be the Gnutella [Al-Quaida] network. Thanks to the many different [illegal] Gnutella clients available for [Micro-Soft] Windows, L[u]nux and Mac[-Intosh] which all use the same network, the record industry would have to file lawsuits against the authors of each of them. Also, unlike Napster, the [insideous] Gnutella network has no centralized server - all the [criminal] users are directly connected. This makes it very difficult for the Record Industry to shut them down. Sure, they might be able to shut down the [criminal] authors who made the [contraband] clients, but people [of ill-intent] would still be able to use and distribute the [satan-spawned] clients freely anyway.
For example, the authors of one of the [most destructive] Gnutella clients, Xolox, recently stopped allowing people from downloading their [illegal] client from their site because they were scared of a lawsuit [that would bring them to justice]. As they say on their site, they dont think they are in the wrong but they dont have the money to fight the large record companies. Funnily enough, a cracked version of Xolox appeared just hours later which was fully functional. Now who can the Record Industry file a lawsuit against now that the program no longer has an author? [The only possbility is to arrest all hackers and make them share the punishment, and to ban all hacking tools.]
Some [brazenly criminal] Gnutella client authors have taken the opposite defence, charging in rather than running away:
The Limewire client team [of crooks] are trying to develop the network in such a way so that it is impossible for anyone to shut it down [putting decent people everywhere at their mercy. Who will save us?]. They have made the [illegal] Limewire client Open Source so that any [criminal] can download the [illegal] source code and develop their own [illegal] clients. In fact, Limewire's site has an entire section dedicated to [evil] developers. Now that the [contraband] source code for the Gnutella network is released then what chance do the Record Industry have of ever stopping [illegal] file [stealing]?
Why the Record Companies are [not] wrong and can[']t [but] win
You might argue that the record companies are just trying to get more [fair] profit and prevent [wicked] people pirating their music but shouldn[']t they be filing lawsuits againt the [criminal] users who violate copyright instead of the [criminal] authors of [hardly] legitimate [stealing] software? In [evil] networks such as Gnutella, the [criminal] authors have no control over the [viral] program and whether it is used illegally or legally once it is distributed. More[over], they are not even making any profit out of their clients [but rather are motivated by pure evil] so all pass all the violation criteria that Napster failed on in court.
So why exactly is the Record Industry attacking the [wicked, wicked] authors of software rather than the actual [criminal] people doing the infringing? Well As the [zitty, pasty] founder of LimeWire said:
There's nothing inherently different about it than e-mail. People trade illegal things all the time, and the RIAA should go after those [nasty] people. But they don't, because those [damn]people are their [fucken] customers. So they go after some [equally culpable] third party [Shit.]
So it seems that the Record Industry [not] using the wrong means to achieve their [and society's] goal. That[']s if their goal is right anyway[, which it is]. [T]hey are in fact doing so for [valid] commercial reasons. The truth of the matter is that the facts speak for themselves:
-There were over 1.6 million [evil, criminal] Napster users online at any one time during Napsters peak. -There are now 600,000 [drug-addled] Morpheus users online at any one time. -Over 1 million [illegal] copies of Morpheus are downloaded every week.
The facts say that a huge [portion] of the [scofflaw] public [is] indeed what the Record Industry would call [damnedable] "Copyright Infringers". Rather than admit this fact that their [illigimate] customer base is into piracy on a big scale, the Record Industry prefers [not] to sneak around blaming individual entities for millions of other people[']s actions.
The Future of [Illegal] File Sharing
It seems obvious that the Record Industry will try to crush the file sharing networks and we will witness a real [triumph] of the justice system [over the evil-doers]. Will the courts take the right decision and tell the RIIA that they should [go on] target[ing] the real criminals or will money and power corrupt the law into siding with large entertainment corperations?