Digital Video and Music Piracy – A Land grab for Taxes on the Internet

This has been so since Digicel Broadband 4G launch, as their lackluster speeds leave many customers feeling robbed, specifically tech people, as per the rants and posts on local technology forum TechJamaica (, as they are unable to get the 10MBps as promised, thus making the threat of mass defections to competitors, specifically Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Networks Dekal Wireless (if available) with their lower pricing point, a strong possibility – for the Data Hogs, downloaders of Copyright Infringing Material such as Digital Music and Videos and NOT customers in NEED of the Internet for browsing. You see, the Broadband Internet Market is segmented basically between Business and Residential Customers, a generally well know fact. Reliability coupled with QoS (Quality of Service) guarantees and competitive prices must exist to encourage Businesses, the bread-and-butter of most Telecom Providers, to stay with your services.

But in the case of customers, the source of most downloading of Copyright Infringing Material, the segmentation is based on the personality of customers, usually segmented into Lite Browsers and Heavy Downloaders. Lite Browsers, the Market of HSDPA 7.2 (High Speed Download Packet Access) such as CLARO 3G and LIME 3G, are persons who use the Internet for browsing purposes, be it on FaceBook or News Websites, with light downloading, mostly computer initiated i.e. software and streaming music and video, assumedly from legitimate sources. Heavy Downloaders, however, are a Market segment that is catered for by Wired Broadband Telecom Providers such as LIME ADSL and FLOW, but are not desirable on Wireless Broadband Services such as HSDPA 7.2 or bridging 30MBps technologies such as HSDPA+, as they clogged the shared bandwidth facility of Wireless Broadband Telecom Providers, mostly based on Fiber Optic Broadband facility purchased from Fiber Optic and T1 Access Wholesaler or Carriers, such as Cable and Wireless (LIME). Please note, strictly speaking, piracy is stealing, as it does deprive the creator if the specific content, generally held to be Digital Music and Video, is being downloaded en masse in preference to paying for his original work(s). Content providers are beginning to strike back, in a very big way.

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It all seems to have begun, quite mysteriously, with legal action being taken against The Pirate Bay (sorry, no hyperlinks!!) a file sharing website, which was illegally sharing Digital content from music to movies. Like Napster, Aimster, and TorrentSpy, the Pirate Bay was been threatened with extinction with its ISP (Internet Service Provider), Black Internet, being threatened with heavy fines by a Swedish High Court. Albeit I do share the persecution sentiment expressed by Peter Sunde Kolmissopi, one of the co-founders of the Pirate Bay file sharing website, who was quoted in an email to David Kravets of Wired Magazine as saying: “Some of the most talented network people in the world have been working with the site (under) a tremendous threat from the most corrupt and powerful corporations in the world”, having downloaded myself, it still is wrong. Digital Music and Video Piracy denies local a Reggae and Dancehall Artiste the ability to “buss” and before which time, make revenue from their musical works, a mentality evident in the Jamaican Music Industry borne out by the reuse of other artiste rhythms to make songs. Now that they [Reggae and Dancehall Artiste] are under pressure to clean up their act, ever since the declaration by the Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green of a ban on sexually explicit and violent musical lyrics on public broadcast media, Reggae and Dancehall Artiste, fearful of losing revenue and action being taken against them abroad, their prime source of financing, are compliant. The troubles of Dancehall artiste as in the case of Mark Myrie, otherwise knows by his nom de guerre as Buju Banton, who was held by Federal Agents on charges of dealing in and attempting to smuggle cocaine, now out on bail are now reflected in the lack of interest in hardcore Dancehall Music as per the MIDEM Report read by Senator Olivia Grange, Minister of Youth Sports and Entertainment at UWI recently, indicating that Reggae and Dancehall is dying International.

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Lindsworth is a Radio Frequency and Generator Maintenance Technician who has a knack for writing about his work, which is in the Telecoms Engineering Field. An inspired writer on themes as diverse as Autonomous Ants simulations, Power from Lightning and the current Tablet Wars.

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