So I hear the guys running Pirate Bay were convicted of copyright infringement and sentenced to a year in jail and assessed a huge fine last week. Now I admit I've never used Pirate Bay for my torrenting, but it is the largest torrent site around at the moment, but I am now worried for the sites that I do use. Granted even if Pirate Bay does end up shutdown (this may not happen as most of the servers are scattered around the world and not actually in physical possession of the guys running the site) it won't take long for someone else to step into their shoes. Really the only way to limit the number of people using torrents would be to kill broadband (you could never stop it entirely as some die hards would still torrent even if they only had dialup), and really that's not likely to happen, and even if it did people would still find a way around it. I'll admit I download a lot of stuff on torrent sites, mostly TV shows as I don't have cable or satellite TV, and I'd really miss it if I couldn't do it anymore. Also it allows me to watch tv shows that's I'd never get to see otherwise, mostly stuff from the UK. I've been watching Secret Diary of a Call Girl this weekend... it's quite fun.