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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

TV Party tonight!!...Or not..

Judge said "What you got in your defense son?"
"Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on"
I can see by your eyes friend you're just about gone
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on...

So a brief investigation last night revealed to me that TV-Links is in fact dead. I had a sneaking suspicion, but couldn't quite let myself believe it.

A few days ago, my dad asked me to send him the TV-Links link again (the irony was not lost on either of us), and my mum, overhearing the conversation asked me, innocently, "is it legal?" "Well, no.." I said hesitantly. "Well, yes, actually. I guess...It's just a repository of links, with no real content to be had."

Turns out it was, like, totally illegal:


One blogger feels the same way as I do. That this is most lamentable because of all the old, hard-to-come-by content TV-Links made so readily available:

I couldn't give a toss about Heroes. Wait five minutes after it airs and hit the torrent sites. But it'll be months before I can watch Biker Mice from Mars in it's entirety. And that's a shame.

So I bought a .44 magnum it was solid steel cast
And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast
'Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet
And they busted me for disturbin' the almighty peace

And the reason? Same old, same old:

"The theft and distribution of films harms the livelihoods of those working in the UK film industry and in ancillary industries, as well as damaging the economy,"
(Source: http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2195407,00.html)

Fine. You know what? I won't even bother to argue that point. Let's say it is true. Will this raid have even the slightest effect on the exchange of media in the long run? No, in the short run, even?

Did flogging Napster prevent file sharing?

So I'm irritated. Not only over the loss of content, but because I have a short fuse when it comes to stupidity, and the more power you have, the lower my tolerance for head-up-your-ass shenanigans like these. I would be considerably less annoyed if they were fighting the War on Piracy intelligently - but this isn't gonna have any more effect on the problem than The Boss shooting his tube would've stopped bad programming.

Ultimately, I think it's a lost cause. They don't have the stomach to introduce the measures that would shut down this kind of information exchange. And thank god. It would be a terrible world to live in, if they did.

My advice, then? Go with it. The floodgates aren't buckling, they've burst open. But this brave new world is veritably flooded with dollar signs. Potential capital. Why not go drown in it...

Today's E-rant, brought to you by Bruce Springsteen and Black Flag
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