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So I’ve been online for several hours straight tonight and I noticed 2 people’s Facebook statuses change to “RIP NinjaVideo” and I of course thought it was a hoax. Ninja Video and websites like it have been around for centuries years without much effective resistance from the powers that be. However, this time it seems that the United States government as well as a coalition of Hollywood’s greatest douchebags have decided to shut down TVShack.net, Movies-links.tv, Filespump.com, Now-movies.com, PlanetMoviez.com, PirateCity.org, zml.com, NinjaVideo.net, and NinjaThis.net (reports PC Blog). So it looks like the rumours are true and this isn’t simply a server error… womp.
The coalition is lead by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in conjunction with said Hollywood douchbags, and this particular operation has been dubbed “Operation In Our Sites” which is a name so cleverly awesome that I hate whoever is behind this that much more.
Look, we get it: Stealing is wrong, blah blah, PA’s and set designers aren’t getting paid enough, blah blah, but where does it end? It’s not like there isn’t ANY money coming in for these movies. The problem is the DISTRIBUTION of funds. Check out the Rotten Tomato’s box office listing in a week and tell me if the movie industry is suffering because a MINORITY of people would rather stream Eclipse than pay another 15 bucks to watch the movie of the book they’ve read 6 times (not me, I’m NOT talking about me dammit). No sir, rather than spend time and effort shutting down a few sites, I think that these government agencies should take a look at the ACTUAL impact streaming media has on film revenue and maybe seek to regulate how such funds are distributed. Salary caps exist in most professional sports. Let’s cap Robert Pattinson’s payout and give some sound technicians a Christmas bonus or something and leave the interweb out of it.
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