Bit-Torrent users targeted in a crackdown

Written by Tim Smalley

October 25, 2005 | 10:11

Tags: #bit-torrent #crackdown #downloading #movies #music #p2p #piracy #pirated #torrent #tv-shows

Companies: #games

Bit-Tech forumite MrWillyWonka writes:

"Use Bit-Torrent? Maybe this'll start getting you scared.

A man from Hong Kong was fined $641US (~ £360) for downloading TV shows and copyrighted materials illegally. Whilst £360 mightn't seem that much (probably compared to the value of materials you've downloaded), they've promised to get tough on Torrent users.

We have already seen torrent sites shut down, big companies targeting music downloaders, targeting of P2P sites, and although Bit-Torrent has been the target for a while, nothing major was ever done.

Is torrent all that bad though? Take a look at this article where Bit-Torrent is used for a good.

""This ruling means a lot," said Hong Kong Commerce Secretary John Tsang, explaining that it would deter other possible file-sharers."

Will this deter you? Would you risk paying fines for the sake of downloading pirated movies, music and games? Or to download TV shows? What the heck do we pay our TV licenses for!"

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