Pirate Bay, two words synonymous with the wild west of intellectual property on the world wide web. If you want it, here it is, come and get it. Within a probable 90% certainty (non verified statistical analysis), you can download almost any content you desire, often taking as little as a couple of minutes to find the torrent, and perhaps 20 or 30 further minutes to get the file, depending on file size. Great for media consumers, bad for media barons.
This is true for academic works and academic book texts, just as it is true for movies, games, music or fiction books. Little attention is warranted for academic works available through torrenting, because it seems a small market and doesn’t catch the withering eye of RIAA/BFI/Sauron as maybe they aren’t losing fat profits. But it is extremely concerning for those in the serious knowledge business. I read in 2008 that copyright is the oil of the twenty-first century. Maybe not.
And that’s it. It’s done, you cannot undo it. Whether you like it or not, all data is now free.
(Hi res image ‘Keep Seeding’ from http://more-sky.com/WDF-333997.html)