The piracy war has been a long and dangerous road for the Internet. What started out on mIRC chat rooms developed into Napster, and then several other P2P clients. Then, we saw the downfall of our beloved Napster and it’s “thanks for sharing” motto. But along with it came the rise of several other P2P networks, until one day something came along that altered the way we saw online piracy, the torrent. And since that emergence, nothing has been safe from downloading, and with its impossible to track user database; it spawned a massive worry about the effect of piracy on markets. And as the world developed more anti-piracy laws and systems to track who does it, we see new and more shocking things develop. Swedish left party Vansterpartiet called for a legalization of Internet piracy. Why? They see it the way most Torrent Lords do, as a positive system to share ideas, information and media. Much like a library. This would legalize documents for download for personal use, and stated that file spying is unacceptable, and the legal procedures used in these situations are a complete farce. Only time will tell, but don’t expect to see it legalized anytime over here, well, at least as long as Metallica is a band that is.


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