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(Torrent Freak)   On "The Simpsons" tonight, Bart teaches Homer how to download pirated movies/episodes. In real life Fox sues and wins $10 million dollar judgment against Simpson "pirate"   (torrentfreak.com) divider line 82
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2014-01-06 12:16:45 AM
You realize it is a cartoon.... right?
 
2014-01-06 12:45:30 AM
You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?
 
2014-01-06 02:43:04 AM

Mike_LowELL: You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?


???
 
2014-01-06 10:33:18 AM
Respecting the law, respecting the law!

/only funny part of that episode
//first episode i've seen in a year
 
2014-01-06 10:33:46 AM

feckingmorons: You realize it is a cartoon.... right?


I do agree, though - I find it odd that a media outlet would use one of its flagship media offerings to illustrate how to steal media offerings, especially given their aggressive pursuit of those who steal media offerings.

It's like having a cop show you how to make meth.
 
2014-01-06 10:33:59 AM
I'm wonder about this story. Supposedly, the events take place in a Toronto courtroom.
Yet.
I can't find any source of the story anywhere. No reporting on the information in the Toronto Star, Sun, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, CTV, CBC or any of the local legal new letters.

Fake?

Anyone else have a source outside of the torrentfreak posting?
 
2014-01-06 10:34:04 AM
Bart Simpson doing something illegal? No Wai!
 
2014-01-06 10:36:58 AM

FlyingLizardOfDoom: ???


It was replaced by a show which merely looks like The Simpsons and has the same characters.  But The Simpsons went off the air a long time ago.
 
2014-01-06 10:41:34 AM
What did this idiot think was going to happen?
 
2014-01-06 10:42:40 AM
For the life of me I can't understand why the first 8 seasons of Simpsons isnt availavle on Hulu/Netflix.
 
2014-01-06 10:43:15 AM

indarwinsshadow: I'm wonder about this story. Supposedly, the events take place in a Toronto courtroom.
Yet.
I can't find any source of the story anywhere. No reporting on the information in the Toronto Star, Sun, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, CTV, CBC or any of the local legal new letters.

Fake?

Anyone else have a source outside of the torrentfreak posting?


Nope. I found an article on After dawn about it but they sourced TF
 
2014-01-06 10:50:58 AM
I liked the line where Homer says he's tired of paying high ticket prices to support the ridiculous salaries of actors like Air Bud and Ray Liotta.

Something like that anyway.
 
2014-01-06 10:51:24 AM
 "  paramilitary ships and planes from both sides involved in regular standoffs around the isles. "


So civilians are engaging in this activity?
 
2014-01-06 10:57:13 AM

FlyingLizardOfDoom: Mike_LowELL: You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?

???


In the same way that there was never a sequel to Highlander.
 
2014-01-06 11:10:20 AM
TorrentFreak is blocked here at work "for your protection"

Will some farker repost the text?
 
2014-01-06 11:21:03 AM

FormlessOne: feckingmorons: You realize it is a cartoon.... right?

I do agree, though - I find it odd that a media outlet would use one of its flagship media offerings to illustrate how to steal media offerings, especially given their aggressive pursuit of those who steal media offerings.

It's like having a cop show you how to make meth.


Fox doesn't write The Simpsons.
The show has an unusual amount of creative control, independent from the network.
 
2014-01-06 11:21:14 AM

styckx: What did this idiot think was going to happen?


I kind of feel bad for him, but I bet he was profiting off the website.

Further, fta it seems like he had more than a few warnings.
 
2014-01-06 11:26:07 AM
For The Nerdist listeners, this sounds like Donald Glover's spec script.
 
2014-01-06 11:28:16 AM

Bslim: For the life of me I can't understand why the first 8 seasons of Simpsons isnt availavle on Hulu/Netflix.



Probably because they're the best seasons and they can still make money off their dvd sales?

Seriously, I was looking back at the old seasons and it's crazy how jam-packed with classic episodes they are.
 
2014-01-06 11:29:16 AM

Mike_LowELL: You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?


No, see that doesn't follow the correct thought process.

The Simpsons stop being funny in their 9th season. Your comment means they were funny in their 17th season.

The fact is, the Simpsons have been funny all along. You're just no longer in college, and all your co-workers are like "did you see what's on 60 minuets?" And you are all like- "Yeah,Benghazi!" Then they nod their heads in that shallow adult way, wile slowly raising their corporate entity coffee with the Italian size issues.

Somewhere, in the deep part of your chest, a small long haired voice cries out, "dude, we were gonna be cool, we were going to change the world with our hipness" But it Is fading, your youthful appreciation of Bart's rebellious antics, Lisa's rockin' liberalism, and Homers well meaning neglect and Marges home spun authoritarianism.

You are an adult now, you've put away your need for a crazy little town called Springfeild USA. The barnacles off age have encrusted the heart of your inner child. Somewhere in the distance, a coyote howls morn fully intones a funeral dirge for your optimism and exclaims in a legendary country voice, "I am coyote"
 
2014-01-06 11:31:03 AM
Wow, they ruined that guy's life because he wanted to watch an episode of one of their shows.

We really do give corporations more rights than living breathing human beings.
 
2014-01-06 11:32:37 AM

Smackledorfer: styckx: What did this idiot think was going to happen?

I kind of feel bad for him, but I bet he was profiting off the website.

Further, fta it seems like he had more than a few warnings.


Yep. Exactly. Then didn't show up in court to deny anything or argue his case.
 
2014-01-06 11:34:33 AM
I agree that this guy was skating significantly closer to whatever moral grey line might exist in this issue than NuSimpsons does to humor.  So I'm not necessarily going to get outraged about the judgement, even though it's clearly and obviously designed to punish and hurt him rather than recover damages.  But there IS something disgusting in this having happened and then the show running this episode.   Even if they didn't intend for it, it comes across as gloating.  What little tv I watch anymore is from link lists like this guy ran. Even so, I don't watch the Simpsons anymore, not because of fear of this sort of thing, just don't care.  But now I'll make sure to keep up that habit.
 
2014-01-06 12:01:40 PM
I watched for the first time in at least ten years last night and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't as good as "classic" 3-9, but "Respecting the Law!" and "If I wanted to pay for commercials I can't skip, I'd sign up for Hulu Plus" made me laugh. It certainly wasn't as bad as Fark threads would lead you to believe.
 
2014-01-06 12:07:02 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: I watched for the first time in at least ten years last night and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't as good as "classic" 3-9, but "Respecting the Law!" and "If I wanted to pay for commercials I can't skip, I'd sign up for Hulu Plus" made me laugh. It certainly wasn't as bad as Fark threads would lead you to believe.


Yea, I watched it last night for the first time in a while too. I thought it was pretty funny. Not like the classics, but not the worst episode of TV either.

I also liked the "Cosmic Wars: Episode VII. Due to a rift in the space-time continuum, Episodes I-III never happened."
 
2014-01-06 12:11:30 PM

LowbrowDeluxe: I agree that this guy was skating significantly closer to whatever moral grey line might exist in this issue than NuSimpsons does to humor.  So I'm not necessarily going to get outraged about the judgement, even though it's clearly and obviously designed to punish and hurt him rather than recover damages.  But there IS something disgusting in this having happened and then the show running this episode.   Even if they didn't intend for it, it comes across as gloating.  What little tv I watch anymore is from link lists like this guy ran. Even so, I don't watch the Simpsons anymore, not because of fear of this sort of thing, just don't care.  But now I'll make sure to keep up that habit.




What the fark, they charge you for the commercials? What's the point in getting Hulu plus then?
 
2014-01-06 12:17:40 PM
I didn't learn how to pirate a movie. All I saw was a replay of the 2011 Martinsville race.
 
2014-01-06 12:25:55 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Mike_LowELL: You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?

No, see that doesn't follow the correct thought process.

The Simpsons stop being funny in their 9th season. Your comment means they were funny in their 17th season.

The fact is, the Simpsons have been funny all along. You're just no longer in college, and all your co-workers are like "did you see what's on 60 minuets?" And you are all like- "Yeah,Benghazi!" Then they nod their heads in that shallow adult way, wile slowly raising their corporate entity coffee with the Italian size issues.

Somewhere, in the deep part of your chest, a small long haired voice cries out, "dude, we were gonna be cool, we were going to change the world with our hipness" But it Is fading, your youthful appreciation of Bart's rebellious antics, Lisa's rockin' liberalism, and Homers well meaning neglect and Marges home spun authoritarianism.

You are an adult now, you've put away your need for a crazy little town called Springfeild USA. The barnacles off age have encrusted the heart of your inner child. Somewhere in the distance, a coyote howls morn fully intones a funeral dirge for your optimism and exclaims in a legendary country voice, "I am coyote"


Or there was a significant change in the writing staff over the years, and the new team just doesn't have the comedy chops of the originals. For example, everyone remembers "Just don't look" from that early Halloween special not because it's "classic", but because it's funny and still resonates with fresh audiences. Try quoting anything from the last ten Treehouse of Horror episodes and see if anyone cares.

If current Simpsons is good enough for you, then great, go enjoy. But don't pretend it's still as good as it ever was. It's like reverse hipsterism where instead of only liking things before they were cool, you're embracing stuff that used to be cool but isn't any more. Scavenger hipsterism, you might call it.
 
2014-01-06 12:26:59 PM

Darth_Lukecash: LowbrowDeluxe: I agree that this guy was skating significantly closer to whatever moral grey line might exist in this issue than NuSimpsons does to humor.  So I'm not necessarily going to get outraged about the judgement, even though it's clearly and obviously designed to punish and hurt him rather than recover damages.  But there IS something disgusting in this having happened and then the show running this episode.   Even if they didn't intend for it, it comes across as gloating.  What little tv I watch anymore is from link lists like this guy ran. Even so, I don't watch the Simpsons anymore, not because of fear of this sort of thing, just don't care.  But now I'll make sure to keep up that habit.

What the fark, they charge you for the commercials? What's the point in getting Hulu plus then?


If you have adblock plus on, they only show you a blank screen for the duration of their commercials. Or they give you a splash page begging you to unblock them. The splash pages, while annoying, are mercifully shorter than the commercial screens.

/stopped using Hulu when House ended a few years ago
//had no other reason to go to that site
///really, really needed to assuage my OCD by following that mess through to the end
 
2014-01-06 12:29:05 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Mike_LowELL: You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?

No, see that doesn't follow the correct thought process.

The Simpsons stop being funny in their 9th season. Your comment means they were funny in their 17th season.

The fact is, the Simpsons have been funny all along. You're just no longer in college, and all your co-workers are like "did you see what's on 60 minuets?" And you are all like- "Yeah,Benghazi!" Then they nod their heads in that shallow adult way, wile slowly raising their corporate entity coffee with the Italian size issues.

Somewhere, in the deep part of your chest, a small long haired voice cries out, "dude, we were gonna be cool, we were going to change the world with our hipness" But it Is fading, your youthful appreciation of Bart's rebellious antics, Lisa's rockin' liberalism, and Homers well meaning neglect and Marges home spun authoritarianism.

You are an adult now, you've put away your need for a crazy little town called Springfeild USA. The barnacles off age have encrusted the heart of your inner child. Somewhere in the distance, a coyote howls morn fully intones a funeral dirge for your optimism and exclaims in a legendary country voice, "I am coyote"


The show's quality dropped drastically in just the span of a couple of years (from around 98 to 00), and the people watching it at that time noticed it and that's around when a lot of fans stopped tuning in regularly. So either everyone suddenly grew up, started watching 60 minutes and handing out Werther's originals on their front porch all in the span of a couple of years, or just admit that the show is full of shiat and so are you.
 
2014-01-06 12:39:10 PM

EdgeRunner: It's like reverse hipsterism where instead of only liking things before they were cool, you're embracing stuff that used to be cool but isn't any more. Scavenger hipsterism, you might call it.


Or maybe some of us don't make decisions based on what's cool, will be cool or was cool.  Some of us just think the show is still funny.

This was one of the better ones in a long time, actually.
 
2014-01-06 12:43:48 PM

EdgeRunner: Darth_Lukecash: Mike_LowELL: You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?

No, see that doesn't follow the correct thought process.

The Simpsons stop being funny in their 9th season. Your comment means they were funny in their 17th season.

The fact is, the Simpsons have been funny all along. You're just no longer in college, and all your co-workers are like "did you see what's on 60 minuets?" And you are all like- "Yeah,Benghazi!" Then they nod their heads in that shallow adult way, wile slowly raising their corporate entity coffee with the Italian size issues.

Somewhere, in the deep part of your chest, a small long haired voice cries out, "dude, we were gonna be cool, we were going to change the world with our hipness" But it Is fading, your youthful appreciation of Bart's rebellious antics, Lisa's rockin' liberalism, and Homers well meaning neglect and Marges home spun authoritarianism.

You are an adult now, you've put away your need for a crazy little town called Springfeild USA. The barnacles off age have encrusted the heart of your inner child. Somewhere in the distance, a coyote howls morn fully intones a funeral dirge for your optimism and exclaims in a legendary country voice, "I am coyote"

Or there was a significant change in the writing staff over the years, and the new team just doesn't have the comedy chops of the originals. For example, everyone remembers "Just don't look" from that early Halloween special not because it's "classic", but because it's funny and still resonates with fresh audiences. Try quoting anything from the last ten Treehouse of Horror episodes and see if anyone cares.

If current Simpsons is good enough for you, then great, go enjoy. But don't pretend it's still as good as it ever was. It's like reverse hipsterism where instead of only liking things before they were cool, you're embracing stuff that used to be cool but isn't any more. Scavenger hipsterism, you might call it.


It may not be as good as it was before, but even now it still beats most of the tripe passed off as comedy  these days.
 
2014-01-06 12:45:58 PM
If you're dumb enough to download without getting a vpn or proxy, you deserve what you get.
 
2014-01-06 12:46:02 PM
It would be nice if The Simpsons were on farking Netflix.
 
2014-01-06 12:47:02 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Wow, they ruined that guy's life because he wanted to watch an episode of one of their shows.

We really do give corporations more rights than living breathing human beings.


Is this a test to see who RTFA?
 
2014-01-06 01:05:55 PM

doczoidberg: It would be nice if The Simpsons were on farking Netflix.


It really would be nice if it were. However, I read an article a while ago that said Fox was looking at getting around a billion dollars for various syndication deals. So in light of that, I assume it'll be a pretty long time before the Simpsons shows up on Netflix.
 
2014-01-06 01:06:31 PM
Yea, problem was he had a shiatload of ads on his page for revenue(wheres article on how much he made?) and thats what Fox busted him for. 'Commercial venture' as opposed to 'private, non-profit' venture.

/There are ads on the Internet?
//Guy didn't even try to be bankrupted more, by using fancy lawyers.
///Fox never even bothered with going after the source pirates, so might as well squish the easy target.
 
2014-01-06 01:08:10 PM

Bslim: For the life of me I can't understand why the first 8 seasons of Simpsons isnt availavle on Hulu/Netflix.


www.glitters123.com
 
2014-01-06 01:15:38 PM

Telos: EdgeRunner: It's like reverse hipsterism where instead of only liking things before they were cool, you're embracing stuff that used to be cool but isn't any more. Scavenger hipsterism, you might call it.

Or maybe some of us don't make decisions based on what's cool, will be cool or was cool.  Some of us just think the show is still funny.

This was one of the better ones in a long time, actually.


I don't judge it on coolness, I just rate whether it entertains me or not and if I'd rather watch something else. It may not be your thing, but some people are apparently very invested in making it a lifestyle indicator of who tunes in versus who doesn't.

/but what do I know? I quit wearing diapers and sucking my thumb a long time ago, so I've clearly lost my youthful innocence.
 
2014-01-06 01:28:13 PM
I had Fox turned on after the game, so I ended up seeing this episode, and I thought it was entertaining enough.  The NASCAR race, the FBI piracy unit, the consulate: fun little jokes to fill a half hour.  It's not appointment television, but it's not the sort of thing you'd regret watching.

dentalhilljack: It may not be as good as it was before, but even now it still beats most of the tripe passed off as comedy these days.


Amen.  In a world where Two and a Half Men still exists, people have no right to call The Simpsons unfunny.
 
2014-01-06 01:36:09 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: FlyingLizardOfDoom: Mike_LowELL: You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?

???

In the same way that there was never a sequel to Highlander.


Do you mean "the truth" (frowns, shakes head) or "THE TRUTH" (smiles, nods)
 
2014-01-06 01:56:37 PM

Darth_Lukecash: The fact is, the Simpsons have been funny all along.


The fact is it is now a shadow of it's first 10 or so seasons.  This is not a hipster thing to say, not a view due to growing up, it's the simple truth.

Finding a bad episode used to be the exception.  Now it's the rule.
 
2014-01-06 01:58:52 PM
Why would anybody still be pirating The Simpsons?
 
2014-01-06 02:34:10 PM

Fano: Do you mean "the truth" (frowns, shakes head) or "THE TRUTH" (smiles, nods)


A smashed hot rod, a wrecked police cruiser, a destroyed house?? I've had it with your renegade ways, Simpson, you're a lose canon! And what really fries me is you returned his check!!
 
2014-01-06 02:54:27 PM
If these Hollywood types weren't so damn greedy, these kind of sites would't exist. I occasionally watch TV shows on those streaming sites, usually it's stuff that isn't available elsewhere like Netflix or Hulu. As for Hulu, I'm getting to where I avoid them as much as I can these days because their shows have gone from a few 30-45 second commercial breaks to several 90-120 breaks or longer. Basically it's almost as many ads as regular TV.

Now take these stream sites, the ones I use will give you a popup when you click on the link, and the site that actually hosts the video shows one 30 second commercial. Obviously these sites wouldn't exist if they weren't making money, so if they're able to make a profit showing one 30 sec ad then why can't these networks do the same? Hell I'd happily watch 2 or 3 ads if it meant I could watch the full show uninterrupted.
 
2014-01-06 03:07:39 PM

FormlessOne: feckingmorons: You realize it is a cartoon.... right?

I do agree, though - I find it odd that a media outlet would use one of its flagship media offerings to illustrate how to steal media offerings, especially given their aggressive pursuit of those who steal media offerings.

It's like having a cop show you how to make meth.


Simpson's contract with Fox specifically states that Fox cannot have any control over the content of the show. That is how they are able to make fun of Fox, while on Fox. I read it somewhere in an interview of MG.
 
2014-01-06 03:10:11 PM

Bslim: For the life of me I can't understand why the first 8 seasons of Simpsons isnt availavle on Hulu/Netflix.


One of the forgotten source of viewing, the local library, has all the episodes on DVD.
 
2014-01-06 03:14:07 PM
So the ads are what did this guy in?

Seems to me like the actual downloading would only be an instance of time-shifting, which I was under the impression was permitted downloading activity.
 
2014-01-06 03:24:16 PM
You know what else was funnier ten years ago? Fark. It's truly a shadow of its former self.
 
2014-01-06 03:35:32 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Mike_LowELL: You're aware The Simpsons went off the air over a decade ago?

No, see that doesn't follow the correct thought process.

The Simpsons stop being funny in their 9th season. Your comment means they were funny in their 17th season.

The fact is, the Simpsons have been funny all along. You're just no longer in college, and all your co-workers are like "did you see what's on 60 minuets?" And you are all like- "Yeah,Benghazi!" Then they nod their heads in that shallow adult way, wile slowly raising their corporate entity coffee with the Italian size issues.

Somewhere, in the deep part of your chest, a small long haired voice cries out, "dude, we were gonna be cool, we were going to change the world with our hipness" But it Is fading, your youthful appreciation of Bart's rebellious antics, Lisa's rockin' liberalism, and Homers well meaning neglect and Marges home spun authoritarianism.

You are an adult now, you've put away your need for a crazy little town called Springfeild USA. The barnacles off age have encrusted the heart of your inner child. Somewhere in the distance, a coyote howls morn fully intones a funeral dirge for your optimism and exclaims in a legendary country voice, "I am coyote"


I'm surprised people are taking the time to argue with your rant as if it were serious. I'm not sure if it's original or referencing something, but I found it quite amusing.
 
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