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Oscar torrents

February 12, 2007 | By |

Ha, this is hilarious. Piratebay launched OscarTorrents:

OscarTorrents is the Oscars as it should be — everyone can download the year’s nominations using the popular BitTorrent service, watch the movies, then use our rating system to choose their favourites. Why restrict the voting to a few bought-off jurors when the whole world can have their say?

Now while I can see why the rights holders won’t like the idea, sites of this kind are a clear signal that people out there aren’t sick of movies at all, but just of the distribution model. Plus, of course, the way customers get treated when watching movies in the theater or whenever they rent them, which can be odd indeed.

To those worried about downloading in case they get sued: by our calculations, your chances of getting nailed are way less than your chances of winning the lottery. Don’t think twice about it. To all intellectual property landlords: we are aware that OscarTorrents might annoy you — but contain your righteous indignation for a while, and think: we’re only linking to torrents that already exist. Face it: your membrane has burst, and it wasn’t us who burst it. Your precious bodily fluids are escaping. You haven’t beaten us, so why not join us? Think of a new business model that doesn’t involve overpriced pieces of plastic and skanky cinemas hawking cheap carbohydrates while relying on $6/hr projectionists who can’t keep a film in focus — not to mention insulting your audiences by (to pick a few examples) surveilling us with nightvision glasses, searching bags, 30 minutes of commercials and bombarding us with ridiculous anti-piracy propaganda. Take a look at yourselves. Is it really any wonder we’re winning?

Even here, in the purest realm of propaganda rhethoric blows, Piratebay invites the intellectual property landlords to “think of a new business model”. Note that there’s no free for all arguments here? The times they are a-changin’…

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