With a click, “Facebook users can add their favorite torrents to their profile to share them with friends,” says enigmax.
The IFPI isn’t happy about this new development, and FaceBook isn’ t saying anything about it, for the moment, he says, quoting The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde as stating TPB hasn’t yet seen any complaints and, “As far as I know, no rights-holders have complained to us yet,” while, “noting that any complaints they do receive get deleted immediately”.
According to Sunde, TPB “didn’t feel the need to ask” if the new feature was okay with Facebook. They monitor their protal every day and, “should have noticed it long ago,” he says in the story.
Says Ray Beckerman on Recording Industry vs The People »»»
Once posted to a profile, the Facebook member’s friends can click the link on Facebook to begin the download right away, provided he or she already has a torrenting client installed. I just hope people do not use this feature to download copyrighted materials which are not authorized to be downloaded, or at least not materials copyrighted to litigation-happy RIAA Big 4 record labels. No doubt, if their song files were downloaded through this method, the record companies would sit back for awhile, derive profit from the promotional excitement generated for their dying industry, and then — armed with Facebook’s data — sue the pants off all the hapless Facebook users who fell for it.
Big Music’s ongoing public relations Blitzkrieg
The RIAA’s efforts have so far had absolutely no effect on file sharing overall and in terms of the general population, they’ve meant nothing.
This isn’t to make light of the genuine suffering caused by the Big 4 to people unlucky enough to have been singled out for use in Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s ongoing public relations Blitzkrieg.
In the scheme of things, however, the chances of any one person becoming a victim of he RIAA sue ‘em all campaign are so remote as to be virtually nonexistent.
Thanks to one-sided reporting on part of the mainstream media, the entirely false impression has been created that thousands of people have already been sued, and that anyone, anywhere could become a victim.
But that’s hard-core Big 4 bullshit.
More than one billion songs a day are shared online as mp3s, says The Expanding Digital Universe an IDC white paper.
And that’s a conservative estimate, it says.
The statistic was arrived at by assessing the total number of new songs created, “which we assumed were created in a large file-format CD for distribution,” says the document, quoted in a 2007 p2pnet post.
Songs in mp3 format were considered replication and, “We estimated the number of legal song sales (CD and Web distribution) and added a conservative estimate of songs illegally distributed,” says the paper. “It is quite possible that we were too conservative in our estimate of illegally shared songs over peer-to-peer networks.”
That’s a heck of a lot of sharing. And so far, in the US, the Big 4 have only managed to get one person into court?
Having completely failed to make any impression on the P2P communities, the labels are now going blind trying to force governments around the world to use ISPs as corporate hit squads. But so far, a lot of bluff and bluster in the corporate press notwithstanding, it’s quite evident they’re not having much luck.
‘Odds of me being ‘fined’ zero’
Around 40,000 innocent men, women and children have been on the wrong end of RIAA subpoenas. But subpoenas aren’t court cases, although the RIAA has done its best to imply they are.
However, the number most often quoted is 30,000. So let’s use that. And as p2pnet contributor surfer pointed out recently, say 9,000,000 Americans share [a massive underestimate], 30,000 lawsuits vs 9 million file sharers is about .03%, and of that, .03%, only 1 went before a judge, so thats around .009% of all file sharing.
“Odds of me being ‘fined’ zero.”
IMO, if and when Facebook becomes a serious component of the P2P filesharing networks and the RIAA is stupid enough to go after Facebook users, the subsequent outrage would be mind-boggling, bringing with it all kinds of publicity Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music and their RIAA certainly don’t need, particularly right now.
A single mother and her children with no means of defending herself against the multi-billion-dollar record labels is one thing.
Millions of Facebook users (and, by implication, ultimately, all the people signed on to all the other so-called social networking sites waiting in the wings) are another thing entirely.
As things stand, the RIAA has only to contend with helpless families with no money and no legal resources.
The picture would be completely different if it was trying to deal with the masses and the TPB move could – again, IMO – be one of two things »»»
- The straw that broke the camel’s back; or,
- A cataclysmic event which could save the corporate music industry.
All the Big 4 have to do is »»»
- Admit they made a mistake — IMO, it’s not too late, even now
- Fully open their catalogues and reduce their wholesale prices
- Admit competition is here whether they like it or not, and it isn’ t going to go away
- Admit the same thing about P2P and file sharing
- Start treating the people they depend on as customers who can be relied on, instead of “criminals” and “thieves” who have to be continually threatened and bullied.
It could also be something Facebook, et al, need to make their operations truly profitable.
Win-win all around.
Jon Newton - p2pnet
TorrentFreak – Pirate Bay Torrents Spread Via Facebook, March 29, 2009
Mashable - Torrent Sharing Comes to Facebook: Will the RIAA Step In?, March 29, 2009
Recording Industry vs The People – Pirate Bay on Facebook? Be careful, folks, don’t rise to the bait, March 29, 2009
public relations Blitzkrieg – You and I against the RIAA, March 28, 2009
p2pnet – 1 billion songs a DAY shared online, March 8, 2007
not having much luck – Europe parliament rejects French 3 strikes law, March 27, 2009
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