Commentary: Go After The Real Pirates

The real warez action goes on in the soundless vacuum of deep, deep cyberspace, not the noisy atmosphere of the Net where 99 percent of the online population surf. In the far reaches, warez enthusiasts trade in movies, software, music, you name it. But whatever the file being traded, it’s not about money. Rather, it’s all about getting there — first! “Once a file is posted to a topsite, it starts a rapid descent through wider and wider levels of an invisible network, multiplying exponentially along the way,” writes Jeff Howe in Wired Magazine’s “The Shadow Internet,” defining a “topsite” as one of about 30 “underground, highly secretive servers where nearly all of the unlicensed music, movies, and video games available on the Internet originate.”