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IowaCowboy
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Online Piracy is High Tech Shoplifting

I compare piracy to stealing. It's like going into a Best Buy/Target/Walmart and taking a CD or DVD, putting it into your pocket or jacket and walking out without paying for it.

Online piracy is the equivalent of high tech shoplifting. There is a reason retailers put CDs and DVDs in those security boxes that have to be taken off at the register.

I think instead of censoring the web, the industry (RIAA & MPAA) should develop better copy protection and digital rights management.



m35

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I don't think anyone is really arguing about copyright infringement. The bills being put forth in Congress are over reaching and will slap people who did not do anything wrong, plus the MPAA/RIAA will determine who infringes and not law enforcement. Now they have to defend themselves for no reason all the while MPAA/RIAA makes a buck off innocence people. The bills are bad for the citizens and that is what concerns a lot of people.



elios

join:2005-11-15
Springfield, MO
reply to IowaCowboy

um no?
its more like going in to an art store and take a picture of a panting and then putting that picture on your wall
nothing was taken the original is still for sale

and DRM does nothing to stop people and only hurts people that actually pay for it see gaming

you need to read this from the owner of Valve he gets it you dont
»www.escapistmagazine.com/news/vi···-Problem
"We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem,"


nasadude

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said by IowaCowboy:

I compare piracy to stealing. It's like going into a Best Buy/Target/Walmart and taking a CD or DVD, putting it into your pocket or jacket and walking out without paying for it......

sorry to be blunt about this, but you are an idiot; bits in cyberspace are not like material objects on the shelves of a store.

and most infringing downloaders don't wear eye patches and say "arrrrrhhhh" a lot.

if you are being sarcastic, never mind (sometimes it's hard to tell)


Noah Vail
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said by IowaCowboy:

I compare piracy to stealing. It's like going into a Best Buy/Target/Walmart and taking a CD or DVD, putting it into your pocket or jacket and walking out without paying for it.

I compare receiving legislative bribes to stealing. It's like making promises to an employer so they'll hire you.

Once you're hired, you betray your employer by diverting the company's resources - to enrich yourself and those who pay you to do so.

said by IowaCowboy:

Online piracy is the equivalent of high tech shoplifting. There is a reason retailers put CDs and DVDs in those security boxes that have to be taken off at the register.

Regulated bribery is the equivalent of organized crime.
There is a reason millions of tax dollars are focused on exposing and jailing (non-regulated) organized criminals.

said by IowaCowboy:

I think instead of censoring the web, the industry (RIAA & MPAA) should develop better copy protection and digital rights management.

I think instead of censoring the web in response to industry (RIAA & MPAA) bribery, we should develop better methods to expose and jail those who profoundly corrupt the legislative process in the pursuit of enriching their own wealth and power.
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Pirate515
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said by IowaCowboy:

I think instead of censoring the web, the industry (RIAA & MPAA) should develop better copy protection and digital rights management.

You are kidding, right? Been there, done that. Most if not all the DRM so far has been defeated. On top of that, some particularly pesky DRM schemes such as the ones that install rootkits/malware on customers' machines have actually driven paying customers to piracy. I tend to agree with those. If I have paid for something, I shouldn't have to prove time and time again that I am a legitimate user. If they are going to treat people like thieves, the people might as well act as such.
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IowaCowboy
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I am not a big fan of our current elected officials either. I live in Massachusetts, which has one of the most corrupt state governments in the whole USA. What I am trying to say is I am an ethical person who has never taken anything in my life that does not belong to me. Also, I have downloaded over $500 of content on iTunes alone and that is just iTunes. Not to mention the hundreds of dollars I've spent on cassettes and CDs before iTunes came around.

As for SOPA and PIPA, I hope they are declared unconstitutional if passed but I think the free market should develop solutions to the problems of piracy. They have done so with counterfeit concert tickets by now scanning them before you enter the venue. Counterfeit tickets were a big issue for concerts until technology (developed by free market) solved the problem.

As for my content, I pay for it. There are legal ways to obtain copyrighted content for free, just visit your local public library. I used to borrow movies all the time as a kid back in the '90s from the local library. I don't watch movies that much anymore but I do listen to a lot of music. Green Day, Smash Mouth, and the Offspring are some of my favorite artists and those artists don't work for free. I even downloaded "Weird Al"s song Don't Download This Song on iTunes.
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Rekrul

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said by IowaCowboy:

I think instead of censoring the web, the industry (RIAA & MPAA) should develop better copy protection and digital rights management.

So we should hobble technology to support legacy industries?

Maybe we should put a page limit on printers so that they don't threaten the print industry.

Or what about putting a limit on how much lumber an individual can buy so that they don't threaten the jobs of professional contractors?

I know, the government can make everyone wear breathing helmets to stop them from stealing air!

Kearnstd
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I imagine this is being sarcastic because we all know DRM is a destiny unto failure no matter what.
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elwoodblues
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said by IowaCowboy:

I compare piracy to stealing. It's like going into a Best Buy/Target/Walmart and taking a CD or DVD, putting it into your pocket or jacket and walking out without paying for it.

Online piracy is the equivalent of high tech shoplifting. There is a reason retailers put CDs and DVDs in those security boxes that have to be taken off at the register.

I think instead of censoring the web, the industry (RIAA & MPAA) should develop better copy protection and digital rights management.

5 minutes later it will be cracked. It's a losing battle. Eliminate copy protection, stupid licenses, and bring the prices down to a very reasonable level.

It won't stop piracy, nothing will, but it'll dampen it.
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KrK
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said by IowaCowboy:

I compare piracy to stealing. It's like going into a Best Buy/Target/Walmart and taking a CD or DVD,

Yeah, right. In the same way complaining about the Government compares to Terrorism against the Country.
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ilianame

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said by IowaCowboy:

I compare piracy to stealing. It's like going into a Best Buy/Target/Walmart and taking a CD or DVD, putting it into your pocket or jacket and walking out without paying for it.

Online piracy is the equivalent of high tech shoplifting. There is a reason retailers put CDs and DVDs in those security boxes that have to be taken off at the register.

I think instead of censoring the web, the industry (RIAA & MPAA) should develop better copy protection and digital rights management.

Don't know if shill or trolling.


Corehhi

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reply to Noah Vail

said by Noah Vail:

said by IowaCowboy:

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I compare receiving legislative bribes to stealing. It's like making promises to an employer so they'll hire you.

Once you're hired, you betray your employer by diverting the company's resources - to enrich yourself and those who pay you to do so.

said by IowaCowboy:

Regulated bribery is the equivalent of organized crime.
There is a reason millions of tax dollars are focused on exposing and jailing (non-regulated) organized criminals.

said by IowaCowboy:

You pretty much have described how the UAW works.