“BitTorrent Sites Are Like Drug Dealers”

Earlier this month the U.S. Government’s public consultation on the future of U.S. IP enforcement closed.

We already covered a few responses including those from the RIAA, MPAA and RapidShare. However, there are still a few gems that we haven’t mentioned.

The submission of Norwegian songwriter and producer Sigurd Rosnes is a good example. Rosnes apparently is a TorrentFreak reader, because the 10 “illegal search-engines” he mentions in his filing are take directly from our torrent sites top 10.

But Rosnes is no fan of these sites, to say the least.

The musician tells the Government that these sites (and ISPs) can be equated to drug dealers, and that shutting them down is the only solution to the piracy problem.

An interesting take, especially when you consider how successful the war on drug in the U.S. has been.

Rosnes’ full comments are listed below. Feel free to discuss…

“We need to address the real problem: That is the illegal search-engines like The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, Kickass Torrents, IsoHunt, BTJunkie, Extra Torrent, Demonoid, EZTV, Bitsnoop, 1337x, etc. (there are lots of them).”

“Here you can steal as much as you want to without paying a dollar! If we want to protect intellectual property on the internet we have to make rules that apply to everyone. If it is illegal to download intellectual property, we need to make it illegal for people to provide that service.”

“Like with drugs, society try to stop the dealers and the people behind who are making all the money, not just the users who will continue using it, as long as some people provide it… ”

“If Target or Best Buy did not lock their stores at night, people would walk in and take whatever they could carry…Right now intellectual property has NO protectors. Ordinary people (and more important, the new generation) learn through lack of laws and action against illegal search engines, that intellectual property is free and you can access it with a “click on the mouse”.”

“They learn to not see the “creators”; the creative people that are not rich or extremely successful. The people who try to live from the art they make….”

“All the customers or users see, is the multi-national corporate, like the record labels, movie companies or the internet providers. And they all think those companies has earned enough though the years…”

“So we should do the right thing: Ban all illegal search engines, and stop (yes, take action against) these sites from ruining the intellectual property on a world wide scale.”

“Lets start with the US. Lets close down illegal sites and let them know that they are the real enemy. Not the users. Not the record labels or the movie companies. And to do that, you will need to make the internet providers responsible for their content. Make the dealer responsible for what he is selling…”


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