I personally think it would be impossible for sites to be aware of everything. People rename things as nonsense, how would you know what it is without opening it? and to do that you’d have to download it too, right? and then you’d be a bad guy too.
i don’t know what the solution is. I think the war against piracy though has had a negative effect on normal user’s freedoms. You know, we used to be allowed to copy a cassette tape or other kinds of data, for back up and archive purpose, it was a legal right. Now there’s all these “protected” dvds and cds that don’t want us to back up or protect our data, or sometimes even transfer to a mp4 player, or onto our computer or ipad or other digital device.
You know what’s interesting? You know that Korean song Gangnam style? By Psy? Do you know that he allowed that song to go on Youtube? And most of the money he makes from it is from its fame and advertisments and so on, and not from the actual song. Letting that song get out was the best thing ever.
Now if i’m recording a video, but there’s a song playing in a car that drives by, that song shouldn’t be in my video and I think, if i understand correctly, that I can’t use it. It just seems to me that my freedoms of reasonable use of media are eroding.
And going after hosting sites isn’t a legitimate way. It makes the govt or who ever does the persecution into equally bad guys, by stealing from the regular folks. And no, I don’t buy the line that we should have known. I have used that site for years because it was one of the few uploading sites that was accessible from EVERY COUNTRY I have lived in (and I travel and live abroad a LOT). it was my reliable source. Place like China block many many sites, Korea blocked some too…. it file locker didn’t work in Taiwan until last year.
Just saying that in my opinion, hollywood money talks over the rights of normal people. I don’t buy anymore US music. Only Asian music… and British DVDS. i’m sick of the mess of eroding freedom brought about by Hollywood… :(