It is being reported that Geremi Adam of the release group MaVen, has received a custodial sentence in Canada.  The MaVen group were responsible for releasing many “scene” releases of major films.  These releases where often of high quality and refered to as “Telesync” [1] releases.  You can read more about these terms later in the article.

As usual Torrentfreak has this news covered as well and as usual questions are abound on the net as to why Mr Adam was arrested and charged.  Simple people, listen up.  THERE IS MONEY INVOLVED.  It is alleged (and shown in court) that Mr Adam was involved in the selling of the aforementioned releases.  This is NOT a file sharer in the spirit of “merely” sharing unauthorised copyrighted material via a bit torrent tracker, this is an organised operation, where Mr Adam is said to have been making money out of other’s copyrighted work.

Tell me pro-piracy supporters, how is Mr Adam’s (allegedly) profiting from copyrighted material any better than the company which owns the material doing it?  This is not what I understood to be the “spirit of file sharing” that is often promoted so strongly by those who support a pro-piracy argument.

Now a little history, MaVen were a release group whose releases still exist on many trackers to date.  Just how someone who know how to set up a camera in a cinema and record the latest movie, gets seen as a “celebrity” in the file sharing world is beyond me.  That being said, Mr Adam was one of the group and for his efforts finds himself sentenced to 2.5 months custodial.

So these are the L33t?

Ive made my opinion of piracy very clear, many times.  I am totally against taking the freedom of choice away from the owner of IP about how they want to release their product.  If a company wishes to release a closed source product and charge for it then they should be allowed to without their freedom being infringed by file-sharers who will share it without their concent.  Surely freedom is a two way street?  Maybe Ive missed something.

Anyway, putting that aside for a minute, lets look at who todays “electronic generation” hold in high regard.  Axxo? MaVen? These people are merely button pushers and in the world of copyright infringement if all it takes to impress people is to rip and encode a DVD in an AVI container with an XVID codec, then that community is either very technically unsavvy or merely has low expectations.

Remember the “pirates” of yesteryear?  these were the people that reverse engineered code and released trainers.  These were the people who took original material and reduced its size whilst keeping the software complete.  These were the people who started the demoscene with the cracktro.  To me this people had skill.  But Axxo et al?  They just push buttons and do nothing that could not be taught in about 2 minutes to even the most uninterested of computer users.  Now whilst the cracking days of yesteryear cannot be condoned themselves, what the cracktro did do was spawn some of the most talented coders today.

Of course the de-skilling of the hobbyist computer user goes much deeper than this, but I think the easily impressed millions of the file sharing community are a testament to how low the standard has now sunk.  No wonder Microsoft laughs all the way to the bank and why people put up with Vista and Vista 7.

Unauthorised file sharing, its not cool, its not l33t its a rather sad indictment of todays computer user.

[1] Common Terms

CAM – This refers to a movie release which has been filmed with a camcorder in a cinema.  As you can imagine the picture is often akin to trying to focus on your wife and pretend you are not drunk after 20 pints of stella.

TELESYNC – This is for your more fussy downloader.  Usually mounted on a tripod and plugged into the hearing loop, its alleged that the Telesync is of better quality.  Why anyone would want to experience this is beyond me.

SCREENER – This is usually what is sent to reviewers/critics and usually has a watermark of sorts.  The quality of these releases is apparently very good (and since it would be sent out for people to review favorably you would expect that)

R5 – This is/was the release intended for the Soviet Union in an attempt to beat the screeners to the market and taking revenue, R5’s regularly have non-English tracks and require the release group to patch on new audio for release.  You may well see the term LINE in association with this, which simply means that the audio has been taken from the cinema source.

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