Pardon me for disturbing this thread from its slumber, but i feel i wanna comment on it some.
Im pro file sharing, and by that i mainly mean Bit Torrent but i did previously use other ED2K methods but i found using sites akin to the pirate bay who verify torrents content as true and correct and free of malware and other nasties, was a safer way to go and you got what you wanted. To answer questions in the first post, all sites akin to the pirate bay only host the torrent file, which tells your app where the file is, on a server somewhere in cyberspace ready for you to download.
www.fenopy.com is a good example.
The following picture shows how Bit Torrent works, and its very neat stuff
Now the likes of meat heads like Gene Simmons who think that this technology should be banned and never to see light of day is on par with early cave man thinking "Destroy that fire it burns my hands, it will do us no good...." and we all know how the use of fire turned out for the cave man.
Lets wind the clock back 20 years ago, floppy discs were all the rage and these new "shareware" games were just the right size to fit and you were encouraged to give your mate a copy and if you like it for a fee you can get the next installment and unlock a few extra levels in the first one. File sharing is born. Soon everyone had it and everyone was blasting something. What made this concept so great was you got a complete game to play (or near enough too it) and you could really try before you buy. The trouble these days is you (keeping in mind all prices are AUD which is just head of USD) can buy a cutting edge WII game for $99.00 or you can just download it (providing you have taken steps with your WII to unlock its coolness) and load it off a usb hdd, or just forgo downloading it and go to ya local video store and rent it and copy it. If games were more moderately priced and they had a mentality of "if we sell more copies for less people will buy the genuine article". My family has always maintained a view of "if they priced it so that everyone could buy it a much cheaper cost people wouldn't pirate it because it wouldn't be worth the hassle"
Now lets look at people downloading tv shows, i know a few people have received warning letters about it and i think that is the biggest crock of shit known to man. Ok i forget to set my HDD recorder to record a show so i download it. I get a smack on the wrist (if i had a brain fart and forgot to turn on my interweb security and my real ip was known, see image below) for a first offense. Now had i have remembered to record it i would have a digital copy to watch at my leisure! Please tell me why the person who downloaded the show is a "pirate" and the person who programmed their TIVO isnt??
As for breaking movies, well i cant say i go there much, yes i can see the effect its having on the industry, why buy for $40+ dollars what i can get from the guy at work complete with dvd cover and cases for $20
But on the few times i do snag a movie if i like it i will buy the collectors/directors/special edition of it because i feel if i liked it that much its worth supporting.
As far as music goes i feel this is a bit of a vicious circle, the people making the music get an income because they sold 20 million albums and live off endorsements and other promos, the people stamping the cds and the people selling it all put their bit on and in the end the consumer pays a high price for the music. So the consumer downloads its and then prices creep because sales are dropping and Gene Simmons gets on his hobby horse again. Now most people are living on the bread and butter line and if prices came down people would buy the genuine article. Why download the tracks when you could have the whole cd and lyrics and pictures via the book in the case for a whole <inset elcheapo price here> and if everyone was buying more cds because the price was so low wouldn't that be a win for all connected to the industry. E.G. If they could sell 2 copies for $20 in total or 50 copies for $5 in total wouldn't that be a better avenue?
Well thats what i think.