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The Pirate Bay Blocked by Ireland's Largest ISP

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September 1, 2009 6:46:46 PM

Wow, I didn't realize the Irish are in such a dire situation that they sold Ireland to Beijing. On the bright side, I won’t have to speak American when visiting Ireland.
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September 1, 2009 6:50:18 PM

Ok so everyone using pirate bay will spread out and use other sites. Do these governments/companies really think this will stop or prevent people from pirating their over priced products?

Embrace the change. There are so many money making opportunities with torrents/pirating if these companies would put even half a thought into how to exploit this technology.
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September 1, 2009 6:51:48 PM

This was a long time coming but I am surprised that it occurred here first. I am sure that the record labels will now use this deal to pressure other services to follow suit in other places but I still think that they (record labels) should focus their energy and resources into coming up with a better and viable business model. At least try some...
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September 1, 2009 6:52:08 PM

LOL at the photo.
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September 1, 2009 6:53:37 PM

spanky deluxeLOL at the photo.


It's Bono, the prince of Ireland!!!
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September 1, 2009 7:04:52 PM

Perfect. All Irish Internet users should file lawsuit against their ISP for every virus they got from the Internet. If ISP can protect IRMA interest by blocking sites it should be obligated to block every virus on the Internet in order to protect their customers. Then every business who's site falsely was blocked as virus should sue the ISP again. It will be wonderful for the lawyers.
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Anonymous
September 1, 2009 7:05:09 PM

Wait a sec, I thought TPB went legit?!
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September 1, 2009 7:10:27 PM

andboomerWait a sec, I thought TPB went legit?!


How does piracy go legit?
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September 1, 2009 7:11:28 PM

oh no! they blocked 1 of many torrent trackers! (a shitty one that's been up and down more than a dutch whore in recent months, at that) There's NO way for the irish folk to pirate music now!
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September 1, 2009 7:17:08 PM

IronRyan21How does piracy go legit?

They were bought by some company who is going to make it a pay-site.
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Anonymous
September 1, 2009 7:18:13 PM

For anyone in ireland: TOR!
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September 1, 2009 7:19:38 PM

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Given that Eircom has 40 percent of the market share, IRMA reasoned that the ISP was responsible for between €4 million and €5 million of the estimated €13 million that the Irish music industry loses to piracy each year.

Not $18.5mil (USD) a year!!! I think the RIAA burns through more than that in lawyers fees. Maybe if the IRMA spent more time promoting their artists to an international audience, they'd make enough money to keep everyone happy regardless of piracy.
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September 1, 2009 7:40:44 PM

Big brother is watching.
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September 1, 2009 7:45:31 PM

What ever happened to net neutrality?
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September 1, 2009 7:52:14 PM

The net is only as neutral as you have money.
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September 1, 2009 8:07:09 PM

I think the whole internet should be shut down, along with all telephone lines. because if u dont I could break down a song to 1's and 0's and then telegraph it to you. This is just dumb. I am so sick of hearing how its the internets fault people pirate. Oh my god shut down the internet we are losing money.
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September 1, 2009 8:09:11 PM

ireland used to be cool when they were drunk all the time and didnt care about meaningless stuff
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September 1, 2009 8:22:10 PM

Isn't Jane Irish!!
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September 1, 2009 8:33:51 PM

Proxy servers can be traced. They won't work either. In fact, you might get everyone on the proxy IP's blocked, even if they have nothing to do with TPB. That would be quite funny actually.
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September 1, 2009 8:38:03 PM

bustaprIsn't Jane Irish!!


I believe so. Maybe its a conspiracy.
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September 1, 2009 8:40:23 PM

just go to isohunt.com or a different torrent site. No government can stop us...they are supposed to be working for us, not the other way around.
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September 1, 2009 8:57:13 PM

First they bock Pirate Bay, next FOX News.
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September 1, 2009 9:06:35 PM

BOCK-A-BOCK
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Anonymous
September 1, 2009 9:09:31 PM

What you are torrenting is something that originated from a legit copy of that product. A 'torrented' Ferrari would be a free car not built by Ferrari, but still built using the Ferrari blueprints. And we all know that Ferrari is just more than happy to give you the blueprints of their models when you tell them that you can't afford the price they're asking.
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September 1, 2009 9:21:40 PM

bustaprIsn't Jane Irish!!


It's true! :o 

And yes, Eircom is my ISP. :pfff: 
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September 1, 2009 9:42:55 PM

JMcEntegartIt's true! And yes, Eircom is my ISP.

So you are basically saying you frequent the Bay?
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September 1, 2009 9:49:18 PM

Screw Big Media Companies.Boycott MPAA & RIAA

If you have to buy music or films then buy it used !!!
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September 1, 2009 10:40:37 PM

gorehoundScrew Big Media Companies.Boycott MPAA & RIAA If you have to buy music or films then buy it used !!!


or find the nearest china town...
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September 1, 2009 10:53:37 PM

RIP net neutrality
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September 1, 2009 11:19:51 PM

Hey Jane ... just join us at demonoid ;) 
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September 2, 2009 12:19:59 AM

Caption for the photo: "Arrrrrr that baby!"
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September 2, 2009 1:33:08 AM

JMcEntegartIt's Bono, the prince of Ireland!!!


I hate that prick.
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September 2, 2009 6:05:32 AM

Oh my, people may have to switch trackers, or more dramatically... actually get a job to pay for their stuff.

forminireland used to be cool when they were drunk all the time and didnt care about meaningless stuff


So, being Irish by origin, I can blame my failed life on that? But I don't drink... damn.
And yeah, the drunk crazy Irish are awesome.

BorisChechevFirst they bock Pirate Bay, next FOX News.


Yes, please, block Fox news... That is something that actually may help the world.

steiner666or find the nearest china town...


Those guys are scary, really. I only go there for food now. Though they have some movies TPB doesn't have yet on DVD.
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September 2, 2009 7:41:30 AM

yet again the copyright people fail

they took out napster and within a week the were 10 clones

they took down supernova (the original super torrent site) and within a week the were 50 clones (inc piratebay)

if they actually manage to kill TPB it will only backfire on them even worse, they never learn

its like arresting a canabis dealer on a street corner then declaring the worlds drug problems have been fixed lol
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September 2, 2009 11:00:40 AM

n3ard3athI hate that prick.


You and pretty much every sane Irish person.

Fun fact: Everyone living in Dublin knows someone who knows Bono and/or Colin Farrell. You'd think it would make them more likable.
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September 2, 2009 1:31:11 PM

hemelskonijnHey Jane ... just join us at demonoid
Will you send her an invitation? (I could use one as well while you're at it :)  )
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September 2, 2009 2:09:38 PM

What happened to freedom????
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September 2, 2009 4:37:55 PM

JMcEntegartYou and pretty much every sane Irish person. Fun fact: Everyone living in Dublin knows someone who knows Bono and/or Colin Farrell. You'd think it would make them more likable.


Hehe, really?

Someone I love is Ewan McGregor, but I think he is scottish, not irish.
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September 2, 2009 9:13:57 PM

Wait, what are the complaints here about? Do you think police should be able to use cellphone records to track a criminal? Should they be allowed to look at video surveillance camera footage? Pirates are thieves and criminals, but right now, the only enforcement has to come from the copyright holders. All they're asking for is the evidence of the crime and the criminal's account information so that they can get him in the real world. This is called JUSTICE. You still have the freedom to do what you want, but if you steal, then expect to pay the consequences. No one is preventing you from going on Facebook, no one is even preventing you from downloading stuff, but if you choose to do the wrong thing, then you'll have to suffer the consequences. THAT'S FREEDOM. Freedom doesn't mean you can do whatever you want to whoever you want. It doesn't mean I get to go out there and steal, rape and murder all I want without consequences. Freedom gives you the choice, make the wrong choice and pay.

Love it how Jamesedgeuk uses the classic terrorist warning in response to the closure. Don't you know that for every terrorist you kill, that causes 10 more to be recruited? Don't you know that everytime you strike against us, we become stronger? Right, so the solution is to let you keep on terrorizing right? Because there's no use opposing you, we should just let you continue on doing horrible stuff and surrender right?

So the copyright holders are making a mistake by stopping a pirating site because the thieves will then have to find new sites to operate from? Sure. Sites become more popular and more efficient as they grow. Small sites that get few hits also attract fewer pirates and the fewer peers and seeds, the slower the download. If no one that ones a full copy can be found, then that attempt to steal will fail, all the pirate has done is waste time.

When will YOU learn that it's never OK to take someone else's work without their permission? People have to be compensated for what they do, that's fair, that's justice. If you don't want to compensate them, then you don't get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. That philosophy is so clear and powerful that no one has been able to challenge it rationally. All I hear are complaints about the record companies, fine, but just because they're imperfect, that gives you the right to steal and be a thief? So I guess when my neighbor gets arrested for drunk driving, that means the entire town can come and strip his house of stuff right? I mean after all, this guy is a bad person, he could have killed someone, so that justifies us taking everything he owns for ourselves. It's his fault, if he only would be a better person...uh...we'd have to find another excuse to steal from him.

If you don't like what the record companies are doing, then why don't you open up your own company? New record labels open up all the time. You don't like how people demand money for a song, why don't you write your own songs and then give them away. Oh, because that would involve work and you're just not into working for stuff. No, you'd rather just take and steal instead of having to work. I see, that's the real issue isn't it? And you're pissed because someone destroyed your favorite thieves den, forcing you to spend time and work to find a new spot. Work, it sucks doesn't it? Yeah, now how do you think the people who worked hard to produce and create the music feel when you steal from them. You're pissed at having to do a little work to find a new site, so how should they feel?
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September 2, 2009 10:17:58 PM

azxcvbnm321Wait, what are the complaints here about? ...

Example:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3632&p=4

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It’s less painful to rip the movies and play them unencrypted or even pirate them than it is to play a legitimate Blu-ray disc on your PC. That is a problem. At least when you pirate them you get direct-to-drive service, something you can’t get legitimately for a high-bitrate movie. Those responsible for the encryption and stipulation need to pay attention here: What would you do when it’s not only cheaper, but also more user friendly to steal movies than pay for them?

Piracy shouldn’t be easier, it should just be cheaper.


Copying is not stealing:
If I copy something that you own: I have my copy you have yours.
If I steal something that you own: I have it you don't.

The copyright holders was given a 'right', but they are abusing that right for many years. This is going to end. They simply going to lose that right.
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September 2, 2009 11:11:42 PM

SAL-eExample:http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3632&p=4C... is not stealing:If I copy something that you own: I have my copy you have yours.If I steal something that you own: I have it you don't.The copyright holders was given a 'right', but they are abusing that right for many years. This is going to end. They simply going to lose that right.


Looks good but, keep dreaming...
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Anonymous
September 19, 2009 12:12:37 PM

Jesus, the bog monkeys irritate me. They should stick to drinking Guinness, climbing trees, digging holes and prattling on in their dead gobbledygook language. Everything else is beyond their comprehension ...
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Anonymous
June 30, 2011 8:08:44 PM

That's why UPC are so much better. And cheaper too.
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