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2012-12-01 10:49:22 AM  
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mr_a: I think content owners share a large percentage of the blame.

Yeah... no.

You always bought a license. You just didn't know what you were buying. You bought a book. Inherent in that purchase is a limited use license. You bought a CD, you bought a limited use license. That 'All Rights Reserved' stuff isn't printed on all kinds of shiat for fun. It was there to remind you and so many others that 'yes this is your copy, but all those other rights the creator(s) has are still very much theirs (like the right for distribution and reproduction) and don't you farking forget it.

That the medium is now just 1's and 0's doesn't somehow negate the existence of that license. You didn't buy that plastic and aluminum disc or the block of paper and ink. You bought the limited use license. Kvetching about how you could loan a book or disc to a friend... well, once you lend it, you don't farking HAVE it anymore, do you dumbass? The license nicely moved with the content. That the medium has changed doesn't somehow invalidate or remove that limited use license expectation.

Now, to criticize the creators on THEIR stupidity... I could give a shiat about the people who download a copy of a song. There's no point in going after them, the RIAA and others have made that mistake as a form of deterrence. It was a waste of time and money.

It's the people who are hosting, who are distributing, who are seeding the content... those are the ones who need to be smacked down. Pimply guy number 108351? Who cares. The guys running Pirate Bay? Maintaining those servers? Their ISPs? Those are the ones to go after.
2012-12-01 10:39:48 AM  
1 vote:
The government needs to wise up and crack down on these criminals that are downloading and sharing pirated music, movies, books, etc (i.e. stealing). The economy is shiat, and creative media is about the only potentially viable U.S. export anymore these days -- Yes, those movies and songs you love to pretend you're too cool to enjoy, the world loves them and pays a lot (steals a lot, too) to see and hear them. If we threw people in jail and stopped this rampant theft, think of all the money that'd be injected into the economy. It's just common sense -- pay for what you use, then the media companies can hire more people and spend more money, which means more jobs with more people who can pay for songs and movies. It's a positive feedback loop of win compared to the negative feedback loop of economic fail that we all seem to hold in high regard these days.
2012-12-01 10:04:02 AM  
1 vote:
The internet is designed to route around damage.
2012-12-01 08:52:26 AM  
1 vote:
Honest to god, if I like something, I buy it. But then I download via BitTorrent anyway so I can use it.
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