Tag: DRM

BitTorrent, Buccaneers, and the Fruitless War on Internet File Sharing

Looking back on almost 25 years of cyberspace censorship, frequent imprisonment of internet “masterminds”, threats, feeble regulatory actions, numerous laws passed, thousands of lawsuits filed, and more instances of bills eagerly awaiting autographs than President Clinton at a saxophone convention.. has all this interference made any real impact on stopping or even slowing the “epidemic” that is online piracy?

Illegal distribution of media was a relatively minor concern in the days of dial-up speeds and limited digital content. Though, when media eventually converted to digital formats and internet users’ bandwidth increased exponentially, so too did the act of file sharing.