MPAA RIAA throwing in the towel?

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by RichA, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Not likely. Those greedy bastards have had a monopoly in their
    respective genres
    ever since time began. But maybe reality is catching up with them?
    Maybe they'll just do to every bit torrentor what they did with Bram
    Cohen, theaten to send
    him to jail (the entertainment media has good lawyers, no surprize
    there) unless he sold
    out to them. What is pathetic is the plastic sabre-rattling of the
    entertainment cabal
    and the U.S. government, approaching China with hollow threats while at
    the same time
    BEGGING China to open up it's markets. It didn't work with Japan, and
    it won't work
    with China. Truly sad.

    BitTorrent gaining more acceptance

    In the world of the Internet, a new idea can be either an asset or a
    threat. It depends on your perspective. BitTorrent, the popular
    peer-to-peer file sharing technology, poses exactly this conundrum to
    Internet service providers and entertainment firms alike.

    The technology, which allows computer users to easily share and
    distribute files without occupying much of their Internet connection
    bandwidth, is also responsible for almost one-third of the Internet's
    traffic flow, according to recent estimates.

    Conversely, it's this feature that makes the technology perfect for
    content distribution, especially in an era when file sizes have become
    much larger. Video files, having become extremely popular due to
    increased quality and more widespread prevalence of broadband
    technologies, can be easily shared without bogging down a single
    computer, as seen in a traditional Internet server model.

    Similar to standard peer to peer sharing programs, BitTorrent allows
    users to search through trackers to see which files are available on
    the shared spaces of other computers, and then download them to your
    shared space. Where the technology becomes different is in the idea of
    contributed bandwidth.

    Once a file has been downloaded, the BitTorrent program shares it out
    to other users working to download the file by contributing a small
    part of the computer's bandwidth to help others download the file. A
    larger number of users downloading the same file will allow for faster
    speeds given that each user contributes part of their bandwidth to the
    overall distribution effort.

    Despite sharing both legal and illegal files over current Internet
    connections, BitTorrent has been eyed as an ideal distribution model
    for the entertainment industry. Peter Jackson's "King Kong," recently
    released to DVD, has also been offered as a legal online download in
    the United Kingdom. Other studios have looked into online downloads as
    a means of increasing retail sales. Once downloaded, digital versions
    of a movie can be copied to a restricted number of computers depending
    on the rules of the file's DRM (digital rights management) protocol.

    "I think peer-to-peer technologies are starting to become more
    accepted," said Tim Bajarin, an analyst for Creative Strategies. "Video
    is a very important part of the Internet and with Internet
    distribution, they're definitely on the right path. The important
    factor is to get the content out there, which helps to curb piracy."

    Although BitTorrent and online video content distribution may be en
    route to more widespread acceptance, the data traffic it generates
    still needs to be managed. In light of the increased network traffic,
    network managers have had to craft new ways to control, or "shape", the
    data flow running through their systems. For this task, specially
    designed software can be programmed to identify the characteristics of
    outgoing data, which can be grouped into segments called "buckets."

    Each bucket, once created, is assigned a priority. The software manages
    each bucket per the network manager's instructions. Specific data can
    then be restricted so the network devotes only a certain amount of its
    bandwidth to each bucket, according to Laura Bowser, a security

    For the home user, popular BitTorrent clients can be controlled via the
    application's preferences. Simple adjustments such as capping the
    amount uploaded to a certain percentage of the computer's available
    bandwidth can make all the difference as well as decrease the amount
    BitTorrent of data an Internet service provider has to manage on their

    Once considered the nemesis of the entertainment industry, peer-to-peer
    file sharing has come a long way since the infamous days of Napster.
    Now a bona fide content distribution tool, BitTorrent can help push
    large files across the Internet through a shared effort.

    Copyright 2006 by United Press International
    RichA, Apr 23, 2006
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  2. RichA

    TechNoRati Guest

    I still think they're not winning this battle... there's going to be
    consequences for every action...MPAA just shut down a few more
    peer-to-peer sites.

    It's a BAD time for NZB sites indeed.
    TechNoRati, Apr 25, 2006
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