As this blog chronicles to the point of nausea: they can find you, the NSA and friends, that is. You can be tracked. You can be digitally fingerprinted, data mined, sued into bankruptcy and imprisoned. That’s why I don’t watch pirated movies. I pay my Netflix bill, and I watch ad-generated sites like Hulu, Break, and Crackle, occasionally.
As an author and creator I also respect the concept of Copyright. There needs to be a way for creative people to see some money at the end of the road, or else there won’t be production of more important works. The people won’t exist. They won’t be able to survive.
That said, I’m not crying for big movie studios…
There have been countless lawsuits against BitTorrent services and their users. Some, notably in Sweden, have been successful, even ending up in convictions. But in the US, asMother Jones reported a year ago, judges have been getting more skeptical about the evidence copyright holders present. Basically, an IP address—a number that identifies each computer connected to a network—is no longer considered such a reliable indicator of who has been actually downloading or uploading files.