The Summary Of The Fortune That Right Holders Made On UsAdded: Monday, January 11th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:File Sharing, ET, p2p, Torrent, Peer To Peer, , Hackers, Government, Internet, BitTorrent, .torrent, utorrent, bitcomet, lawsuits
It has never been a secret that the right holders are making a big profit from the p2p sharers, especially from the lawsuits that they hold against the members of the file sharing community. Well to make it more obvious, a German consumer group gave out information about the estimated loss of money to the so called right holders by the p2p users.
Since it is a German agency the first info must be connected to Germany and the majority of cases that are familiar to the group are from within Germany but even though the information they gathered is limited the numbers that they calculated are not even close to small. In 2008 the group verified 250,000 cases and the estimated damage was about $150 million, but there was a really big jump in 2009 and now the number of cases is more than 450,000 and the damage that these lawsuits are worth is over $370 million. I can’t even imagine how the numbers will grow in the near future but according to the data so far the graph is showing close to exponential growth and the numbers can soon grow more than two times as big from year to year.
The sad part is not the damage but the chance that the entertainment companies see in these cases, also software companies and whole industries are slowly building their strategies on the so called pirated versions of their product. This phenomena is starting to show all over the globe, in UK, Germany, the US, Japan, although Japan is getting serious by the minute on the terms of the punishments of the illegal file sharers. Now the whole situation is looking like the “pirates” will be the ones that are going to get robbed, and instead of them being a threat “pirates” will more likely be a treat on the plates of the right holders.
It’s not a secret that there are law firms opposed to the fact that these companies are making some really easy money from the likes of us and one of those firms is actually releasing a detailed study which has been in the making for a few years. The name of the group is German so I won’t even attempt to spell it or type it right but I’ll just take the loose translation of it which is somewhat like this The Association Against Cease and Desist Madness. Germany is one of the recent years’ battleground of the p2p sharers and right holders. Some of the companies working for the entertainment industry and other global companies is DigiProtect, which are payed to find evidence against sharers and use that to force the internet service providers to reveal the names of the users that are illegally sharing the copyrighted materials. Those companies are later on ordering the users to pay up to $2,000, and in the case of not complying the threats become more costly.
I don’t want to get into the details because it’s not that interesting to the average reader, I am more interested in showing the facts that can be easily understood and seen. I published an article about the profits that are made by the right holders and the marketing moves that are made to make the companies believe in the “piracy” as a great business chance. Visit it here.
I can’t stress how much money is involved in these cases that are not even brought to court, but only settling on the payment and staying clean and out of the way. The companies like DigiProtect are even advertising their services as “turn piracy into profit”, and they try to convince the right holding industries and companies that they could make even 150 times as much money by paying them to hunt down the file sharers as they would make by selling their product the old fashion way.
Read more about the legal stuff here.
Off course I would like to thank SaM that he helps in this section.
11th January, 2010.Posted by:
Monday, January 11th, 2010
|Verry well said|
|very good article zor4n, its true that right holders are looking at a way to earn money from p2p users and its a shame that users of p2p are getting sued, the right holders make millions evry year from their consumer base and i think its greed thats driving the firms to sue pirates, not them losing money, as its been proved that sharing music and movies has actually increased the money they earn, cinema and live music revenue has increased tenfold recently. Corporate greed and pressure from them on governments is the real threat to pirates and sites like et, its a shame that the average consumer gets hit twice from the right holders, once when they buy, and again if they download. We may have to meet these foes in the middle, my solution is to make torrent sites legal and have a copyright tax on every net connection, it doesnt have to be a large amount, a couple of dollars a month on each connection, this would then go into a central global right holders fund, which would then keep them off our backs, this stops lengthy and costly legal action............what do u think ?|
|posted by (2010-01-12 02:29:53)|
|Thank you Z0R4N for your hard work,but those news are really sad to hear.Sometimes you ask yourself how there can be ppl in this world who are thinking only in making profit.If this is the future in front of us is the worse one we can ever imagine.|
|posted by (2010-01-12 09:07:11)|
|nice one ZOR4N and you too iwillkillall nice thought.........|
|posted by (2010-01-12 12:09:38)|
|Please correct me if I have this wrong but didnâ€™t the world go through all of this back when cassette tapes were introduced. Then again with VHS tapes. As I remember it the media industry at the time claimed that people were taping either radio or television shows and not buying the official releases of the music (from radio) or the movies/ shows. The noise quieted down after it was agreed to add a small levy to each tape sold. Maybe the same could apply to the millions of blank CDâ€™s and DVDâ€™s that are sold each day.|
Then if it is made legal to download for personal use only and as long as it is not for profit. I have long held the view that anything that has been released to the public domain is public property once it has been released. It can then be used by all provided it is not for financial gain.
Great article!!! The money amounts being stated are indicitive of the greed short sighted societies such as ours sets life time goals of attaining, but you gotta ask yourself this ONE question...when is enough actual wealth going to be enough? When you as a consumer, go out and purchase a CD or DVD, it is YOURS to do with whatever you see fit, be it gift or personal. What about all these places, including Pawn shops that buy used DVD's and CD's? Are they pirating? What garycol stated in his post was dead on, I remember DJ's on the radio telling listeners to get ready to hit that pause button for many featured acts that were releasing new material. Movies are no different either.
|sounds freaky to me does anyone know someone that has been taken to court for this stuff?|
|So let me throw a piece of my mind out there.|
Broke people download > production company sues one who downloads > one who downloads pays fine > One who downloads becomes more broke = Company makes more money > One who downloads still can't afford to go buy the product while having a new distaste for said company > one who downloads spreads distaste > company loses more money = People wonder why the economy is crashing. Greedy Bastards!
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