Movie-industry self-piracy proves that IP addresses aren't people, invalidates copyright enforcement schemes


7 Responses to “Movie-industry self-piracy proves that IP addresses aren't people, invalidates copyright enforcement schemes”

  1. Nonentity says:

    Rather than sniggering at the sight of the entertainment industry being hoist on its own petard, we should be noting this as even more evidence that IP addresses aren’t people

    I prefer the “all of the above” option, personally.

  2. $16228947 says:

    It’s no secret to a lot of folks just how much motion picture piracy originates from within the industry itself. Rumblings coming down the wire on the dark side reveal a lot of pre-release material is circulating up and down the torrents.

  3. travis says:

    WAIT A MINUTE! IP ADDRESSES ARE MADE OF PEOPLE!! IP ADDRESSES ARE MADE OF PEOPLE!! Well, or is that soylent green? I don’t freaking know…

  4. stuck411 says:

    As Bigelow mentioned, movie piracy was predominantly the work of people inside the industry at one time. Not certain of the numbers today. In the late 1990s I know of one film that a studio sent out piece meal to several development labs. Things were coded. Turned out that half of them put out a pirated version of the film before it was released. (Or was it more than 1/2? Don’t remember.)

  5. CH says:

    I think we see here a new business model emerging, but it is clearly still in its infancy. Why on earth just target randomly some ip:s? Send instead out mass notices to everybody to pony up some money or you will have their net connection cut. Is somebody questions you, well… you surely cannot be expected to prove that they did it, can you? Oh, I can just see the money pouring in!

  6. digi_owl says:

    Actually, the IP addresses where used for the uploading/seeding of the movies.

  7. Griffin747 says:

    Oddly enough, 4chan punishes and bans on IP address alone, even across DHCP domains.

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