In today’s New York Times they have an article pointing a finger at the true culprit for spreading movies via the P2P networks, the studios themselves.
Now, I don’t think that if the studios own folks hadn’t been the ones spreading the movies that they wouldn’t have ended up on the nets, but it does give one pause, specifically will they be suing themselves for their piracy? Will heads roll? Will the Piracy Menace(tm) be rooted out?
Will it matter?
No, it won’t. Movies will still end up on p2p networks and those who are wont to download them will get them all the same.
This brings up another pet peeve of mine. Why do people think that shutting down or hobbling P2P networks will reduce copying. People have the taste for it and so long as people have free will and a fast enough connection there will be large scale illicit copying of music and movies (I refuse to call it piracy, mateys. Arrr), whether it is over SMTP, HTTP, on outrageously inexpensive disks, or on cheap optical media.
P2P Copying Begins at Home