I have a “friend” who downloaded some TV programme episodes from the internet. Of course I would never condone such an activity here as it is clearly frowned upon. I am interested however in a phenomenom that my “friend” has observed and the reasons behind it. For example having downloaded episode 15 of Prisonbreak they sat down in eager anticpipation to watch it and discovered an old episode of Superman had been mis-titled.
Now this is not only a little annoying, but bothers me (on y “friend’s” behalf as they clearly spent a lot of time waiting for the episode and someone clearly mislead them. Is this funny? What is the reason that people do this? I mean I guess someone wanting to distribute their own materials might find it useful to label with a famous film, or TV programme name, but why just rename another programme?
Personally I think this behaviour is lower than hacking, or virus writing where there is at least an element of skill involved.
Its the same thing with the hackers - and the main reason the y do it is becasue they can, just because they can.
Its like when you’re a kid stepping on ants for no reason, just wanting to cause a disturbance, some people just don’t grow out of it…
If I was a TV show maker with a successful show, I’d pay as many students as I could afford to do that, except I’d tag a bit on saying “You CAN buy this show off Amazon or something, you thieving little shit. Now fuck off!”
[quote=“Doctor Evil”][quote=“Edgar Allen”]For example having downloaded episode 15 of Prisonbreak they sat down in eager anticpipation to watch it and discovered an old episode of Superman had been mis-titled.
Could have been worse. Could have been animated goatsex.[/quote]
BUT, I do agree with Sandman. I buy all my stuff. Some folks call it stupid (Windows XP, Wondows Office, original music CD’s) but I prefer that, and it’s honest. On the flip side though, what is one to do if you want to watch a series (like Smallville for example) and can’t 'cos the cable company wont give us Star World anymore. Not sure about Taipei, but it’s been off the air in Tainan for a year now.
Yeah, that was an awesome channel. Worth more than HBO, Cinemax and Star Movies on most nights. It would be nice if we had at least the option of paying an extra few hundred NT just to have it included as an optional channel.
[quote=“slyck.com”]The recording, movie and game industries are hoping to disrupt activities on P2P networks by flooding them with fake files and corrupted search results: Welcome to the world of Hawkeye - Macrovision’s latest weapon in the War on File-Sharing.
Link to rest of article: slyck.com/news.php?story=897[/quote]
This kind of stuff started long ago. This flooding only effects the popular P2P systems that noobs use. There are ways to avoid being tricked even on those noob P2P networks.
Hmm, my “friend” says that the makers of Prisonbreak are thieving crooks anyway. He bought the original set of DVDs in HK recently and then discovered that not only were they region coded (bastards) but that the series was in fact Series One, Part one, in other words at the end of the box set it was not the end of the series. Unable to return to HK immediately and purchase another box set (if it is even available) he was forced to return to his old downloading ways.
Hope this is enough explanation for the more morally upstanding amongst you?
I don’t believe the TV program makers did this, as surely they would put a decent trojan in place as opposed to a dodgy episode of Smallville…btw if anyone wants it my “friend” could burn it to disc for you. It starts with Lex walking down a corridoor and talking to some didgy black guy who tells him that his father wouldn’t hesitate (apparently).
Kinda. Superman as a highschool kid (so sort of Superboy really) growing up in Smallville discovering his powers. Also, he doesn’t have the nifty outfit yet. All in all it’s not bad. Will check out RTMart.
[quote=“Ian_Alexander”]You are allowed to videotape tv shows and let your friends borrow them.
That is basically what is being done with p2p.[/quote]
True, except the part about letting your friends borrow them. That’s technically not allowed.
I’m of the mind that if you can listen to it on the radio or watch it on network TV then it’s fair game for downloading. One of those let’s not go to America and record it on our TiVO, but say we did, type of things.
I also download stuff I previously owned but were lost or otherwise destroyed. That’s not taking money from the artists, and I did buy it.
But as to downloading things with the wrong names… I HATE that.
I’ve gotten some ridiculous porn when trying to download things. That, to me, is criminal.
I’m sure there are minors out there who have downloaded something and gotten their first view of pornography because some moron thinks it’s funny to mislabel things. :fume: It’s one thing for me to waste an hour downloading a TV show, it’s another for it to happen to a kid.