The Pirate Bay may live on like some 70's off-shore pirate radio station but the noose keeps on getting tighter.
Remember Microsoft, Bill Gates old company, they have instigated a bit of code that will block links to the site in instant messages across all its systems!
The Register reports that Microsoft has joined the collection of
anti-Pirate Bay organizations that have aligned against the burgeoning torrent community.
"We block instant messages if they contain malicious or spam URLs
based on intelligence algorithms, third-party sources, and/or user
complaints. Pirate Bay URLs were flagged by one or more of these and
were consequently blocked," explained Microsoft
The golden age of instant downloads of computer software, music & video files is coming to a close. Enforcing laws against the downloading of pirated software is like enforcing cell phone laws for drivers, a near waste of time.
Lowering software piracy by just 10 percentage points during
the next four years would create nearly 500,000 new jobs and
pump $140 billion into ailing economies claims the IDC.