Torrents Shutdown: US Library Of Congress the Next Target for Online Pirates?
Torrents' demise may make the US Library of Congress the new piracy destination for many, several reports have suggested. The reports come at a time when the US Copyright Office expressed its desire to expand the mandatory deposit requirement for publishers. Even record labels will also have to submit their online-only music to the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress will then allow public to access the music. RIAA has warned that this may lead to severe piracy leaks if a strict security system is not implemented. According to Torrent Freak, the Library of Congress is the second largest library in the world with a massive collection of more than 160 million items.
The torrents situation seems serious and the existing torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay (TPB), Extratorrents, 1337x, YTS and RARBG may eventually lose the fight to stay functional. There is also little chance for Kickass Torrents (KAT) to make any sort of a comeback considering its owner Artem Vaulin is in jail.
If all functional torrent sites are taken down, people will definitely try the Library to for illegal copying and hacking. This move by the Government has been slammed by the RIAA who has warned materials can be easily exploited and then put on piracy websites.
"Given the inherent vulnerability of servers believed to be secure, we question the need for anyone to have remote access to a server that stores commercially valuable digital sound recordings," RIAA said in a statement. The RIAA explained that in an age where servers can be hacked on a daily basis, no electronic server is secure and Government servers are no different.
It also added that in this age of technology, people have various options for enjoying digital music. Hence, it does not see any logic in the decision to allow electronic copying and distribution of sound recording of its members.