I concur - there is no excuse to copy copyright materials only to then
sell them - likely in inferior form - on such websites as eBay etc.
Unfortunately in one fell swoop - with an arrogant disregard for its
customers aka licence fee payers - the BBC has swelled the population
of those carrying out illegal activities such as file sharing, torrent
downloading and breaking copyright video / audio programmes. And this
was all without warning - last Monday week.
I am referring to the terminating of iPlayer services for mobile devices.
For years the BBC failed to support a number of mobile platforms. So -
legally - a group of enthusiasts created a set of Pearl scripts that
could identify and download BBC t.v. and radio programmes from the
servers. These files could then be played on the numerous mobile
devices that the BBC did not support. After once playing the files
could then be deleted. Those in the UK saw it as their right to do
this, having paid the licence fee, whilst the BBC ignored their needs.
However last Monday week - without so much as a rumour - the BBC
switched all of its iPlayer feeds off including all of its RSS feeds.
This has upset thousands of licence fee paying customers. No longer is
it possible to download programmes of choice to play on mobile
Those with expensive smart t.v.s that are BBC iPLayer enabled are also
less than happy, in that iPlayer no longer plays on them.
The BBC apparently expects everyone to use desktop computers to view /
listen to in real time its t.v. and radio streams.
Apparently the BBC has in the pipeline a replacement system - but this
is only in development and will not be accessible to enthusiasts. And
instead of some parallel running between the old and proposed new
systems, the BBC simply switched off the old system without leaving
So folks (in the UK anyway) are now seeking alternative methods to
access their chosen programmes. These include p2p file sharing,
sharing via the Cloud, torrent downloading, and the like. And once
folks have experience just how easy these all are their illegal
activities will rocket.
So if you experience dramatic increases in illegal file sharing of
copyrighted works then blame the BBC for setting the latest trend.
P.S. The whole sorry saga is summarised here: