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No more free music, movies, software, and porn…

Written by on Sunday, 2 August 2009
Kyrgyzstan, Media and Internet
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say-no-to-piracyTorrent.Kg is down!!!  The biggest web site of free downloads in Kyrgyz internet domain is sued [ru] by companies like Meloman1CABBYY for breaking author’s rights. Therefore, Finance Police of Kyrgyzstan confiscated the web site’s servers until investigation closes.

Thousands of Torrent.Kg users are in sorrow. From now on, they cannot download and share free music, movies, computer software and much more interesting stuff including porn (porn movies were the most downloaded files according to Torrent.Kg stats :))

Active member of Torrent.Kg, my close friend, says he is very concerned about the news:

Finance Police wants its own share, I guess. Bribe decides everything… I downloaded 1Tb, and shared about 3Tb in Torrent.Kg. I will not be happy if I lose this stats. Plus, it will be a great pity to lose the content that was created during so many years. Moreover, I made friends with many of its [Torrent.Kg's] active members. There is a stong network of users. It will be sad if I lose the contact with them [members].

The administration of Torrent.Kg created a topic in Diesel, popular online forum in Kyrgyzstan, about the closure of the web site. They even partially recovered the forum of Torrent.Kg itself (update, it seems it is also down now). The administration of the closed web site states that “the truth is on our side, and it [Torrent.Kg] will be up again very soon.”

Supporters of anti-piracy law are happy with this decision of Kyrgyz authorities. However, it is not the best way to fight piracy. The reason is that the licensed products are very expensive in Kyrgyzstan. Given the fact that average salary in Kyrgyzstan does not exceed USD150-200/month, one cannot afford, say, a licensed ABBYY company’s Linvgo dictionary that costs about USD50, or Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system that also costs not less than USD200.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that piracy is good, or justifying it, no. I am just arguing that one cannot stop piracy in Kyrgyzstan by clamping down on torrent web sites or shops that offer non-licensed products. Kyrgyzstan is not ready for that. People cannot afford licensed products. Hence, piracy will continue flourishing in the country.

Cross-posted from my personal blog

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