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#16 grik

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:25

This is generally the kind of movie that loses with torrents...

...big actors, big expectations, but of course if there were no torrents we would had to spend some dollars and euros to contribute to this really bad movie.


#17 ThaCrip

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:29

If you think these companies don't know of the other 'alternatives,' I've got some ocean front property to sell you up here in MN ;)


i am sure they do but there is probably less they can really do on the 'alternatives' since it's SSL and they can't see who uploads what ;)

so currently... it's just easier for them to go after torrent users. plus torrents are typically free where as the "alternatives" generally are not.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:30

haha if the movie was any good they wouldnt complain about people torrenting it :D

#19 Gaffney

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:43

Haha.


I can't believe I wasted money on watching this movie too.. it was awful.


How was is ? Does what it says on the tin, action. I would only see it in the cinema, would be rubbish on 3D. But I download a lot of films but I also have a monthly Cinema card and I usually see 2 films a week, half of them are boring and uninspired films like It's sort of a funny story, the other guys and so on.

Piracy doesn't mean anything your either going to buy it or your not. There isn't he would buy it if he couldn't download it, I buy and download but I only buy or go to the cinema to see the films that deserve it.

If I get a letter saying you downloaded our film I'm going to find the person who sent it and slap them in the face with my dvd's, cinema card and my cinema receipts.

#20 Ruciz

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:49

Great way to drive away customers and boost PR.. Keep up the work!

Glad these resources and funds are being used to fix problems and improve society rather than make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Wait..

#21 +warwagon

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:42

uh so whats today?


usenet, hotfile, filesonic (god I hate that one), fileserve, Oron, megaupload.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 17:52

How embarrassing it must be for the 6500 people who’ve been sued for having illegally downloaded The Expendables. At least get caught downloading with merit, not that silly bit of nonsense. But yes, word on the street is that the same law firm (the “US Copyright Group”) that spearheaded the effort against people who illegally downloaded The Hurt Locker have now been retained to go after people who downloaded The Expendables. Hope you haven’t been downloading from BitTorrent lately!

The lawsuits target some 6500 unidentified individuals using the good ol’ John Doe method.

There’s a few reasons for the lawsuits. One, of course, is to try to obtain the personal details of the infringing IP address. Can’t really sue someone if you don’t know who they are. Two, and most sinisterly, it’s to get these people to cough up some money, perhaps to the tune of several thousand dollars per person. At this point you’re better off walking into a brick-and-mortar store, shoplifting the Blu-ray, getting caught, then paying the simple fine for shoplifting. It’s a wacky world we live in.

TorrentFreak notes that if 80 percent of defendants pay up (as opposed to actually trying to fight the lawsuit in court, being that justice is only available to the wealthy in this country) then the studio stands to earn some $10 million. Considering the movie made a cool $274 million at the box office, an extra $10 million may be able to pay for the inevitable sequel’s catering budget.

Advice? Stop using BitTorrent, people. It’s not 2004 anymore.



DANG. That's a lot of people. I thought they were only going after the uploaders/seeders. ? None the less, wow.

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http://www.crunchgea...via-bittorrent/

#23 The_Decryptor

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 17:54

From the title, I thought it was a porn film or something.

Also, what's their replacement for BitTorrent then?

#24 Nagisan

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 17:55

Never heard of "The Expandables" :p

#25 roadwarrior

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 17:57

Didn't someone post this yesterday?

edit: here it is: http://www.neowin.ne...ttorrent-users/

#26 thommcg

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 17:57

Haha, The Expandables.

#27 Ravensky

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 17:58

no kidding what are they suppose to use besides bittorrent?

#28 roadwarrior

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 18:00

no kidding what are they suppose to use besides bittorrent?


You're kidding right? That, or simply ignorant. Hint: on Usenet, no one can tell what you have downloaded.

#29 vetMax™

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 18:02

Title Changed :p

#30 Nagisan

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 18:02

no kidding what are they suppose to use besides bittorrent?

If you mean bittorrent as in the software named bittorrent, there are plenty of better options out there. If you mean bittorrent as in the torrent protocol, there are still plenty of options, just not all are as effective as the torrent protocol. Private trackers will generally keep you safer (more difficult for the watchful eyes to get into those private trackers), but there are also things like newsgroups that are generally much safer, and even downloading something off rapidshare or similar sites is generally safer (because you are only downloading it, not uploading it, so you're not really sharing it).

There are plenty of alternatives to torrents, torrents are simply one of the easier solutions for how effective they are, but that also makes them much less secure.