So, standard disclaimer and all, I’m not endorsing pirated content. I have a good job and plenty of cash to piss away on crap I probably don’t need do pirating a 99 cent music file is too much of a pain in the ass and there isn’t a movie out that is worth bothering to download when I can rent it for a buck on the Redbox or watch something on Netflix instead.
The other day however, I think via Reddit, or maybe on 4chan or Slashdot, I came across an interesting concept. It was a torrent, of all of the torrent hashes on ThePirateBay. It was like 200 megs, as in, really frickin small.
Torrent browsers also often include the ability to subscribe to torrents with RSS and whatnot. I honestly am not real sure of the details as I don’t use the function, but it seems conceivable, from a technical angle, to have a distributed constantly updating torrent of these hashes.
Essentially, what I’m suggesting is, there isn’t any reason ThePirateBay couldn’t be distributed across the torrent network. Hell, maybe it already is. Essentially, the site itself, wouldn’t exist in the traditional www.com sense, but in a sense that it’s just something that comes to people as information, which could be filtered out to get other content through the same methodology.
No, it’s not pretty as browserfied, but it’s functional. Also, as a distributed service, it’s everywhere. It simply, exists. Hosted by a hundred thousand folks in bits and pieces across the internet. No website to kill, no DNS to stop it, no way to even take it offline.
I’m not saying this would be a good thing or anything from a piracy standpoint, it’s just one more example of why pushes like SOPA and IPProtect would be useless, ultimately. Instead of a website to block or people to arrest, it just is, as a backbone of the net.