Playing Whac-A-Mole with Internet Piracy: Where is it Headed, and Will it Ever Be Stopped?

Posted By: Rob Pollack

For years, the movie and music industries have been plagued by internet piracy through websites like The Pirate Bay, BitTorrent and Torrentz who have given users the ability to download and stream millions of their favorite songs and movies, right from their computer for free. Copyright protection has been evaded so well, that many companies are left scratching their heads about what to do next. The New York Times, in an article on the subject, described this process as like that of the game Whac-A-Mole, except in this game of Whac-A-Mole, the mallet is “heavy and slow,” and when it hits one mole, hundreds of others appear. Sadly, (or joyously, depending on which side you’re on), this has become the reality in the digital world we live in, and with the genesis of 3-D printing, you might want to buckle your seatbelt because it looks like internet piracy might not be going away for a very long time.

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