Webometric Thoughts

May 8, 2008

Booby-trapped media file :-)

Filed under: copyright,intellectual property,piracy — admin @ 7:03 pm

The BBC are reporting that a fake media file has been widely seeded on file-sharing networks. Supposedly the biggest outbreak for 3years. As a person who doesn’t illegally download songs or films, it is the sort of story that makes me smile. Would you feel sorry for the burglar who scratched himself on the broken window?

Most people don’t steal films and music because of an unerring belief in the faults of the intellectual property laws; they steal because they want the music and films and don’t want to pay for them. There are problems with the intellectual property laws, but stealing is not the right way to go about changing them. If you don’t want to pay, then don’t watch/listen.

It would be interesting if the record and film industries started seeding these trojans, after all people would be damaging themselves through carrying out an illegal act.

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