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ds7

join:2012-11-07
Montpelier, VT

More power to them

Providing the files people want without onerous hassles and profiteering would reduce piracy to near-zero. But that's not the real goal of the US copyright cartel. What they really want is to have their little oligopoly totally control the whole audio/video entertainment industry worldwide.

To do that they have to shut down all means of exchanging information without their being able to monitor and restrict it. The fact that this would trample freedom of communication for whole societies is merely "collateral damage" on their view, and they couldn't care less.

The proper answer to this kind of insane demand is to point out that it's impossible for ISPs to police infringement. It is not possible, in practice, for an ISP to know who owns the rights in every file that anyone ever transmits or links to, and who has or lacks a licence to send or receive every file. The only possible proof of infringement is a court verdict. The ISPs therefore should tell the greedy control freaks to shove off until they have proved each infringement in court.

jc10098

join:2002-04-10
You can't be free but you can compete if you make the content reasonably priced and portable. There's always a segment who will have never bought an item and use the content due to availability. However, there are many who want a legit license, but then realize the cost is a burden. Consider some software might cost several thousand dollars (Adobe, Maya, etc). In terms of movies, DMA frustrates users. Who in their right mind is going to spend the retail price or near retail only to have restrictions on where and how a film is played?

These trolls are simply aggravating their prospective clients and forcing them onto piracy. It's hard to feel sorry for the King that can never have enough gold.


bobjohnson
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join:2007-02-03
Orlando, FL
I believe they are scaring the average Joe from pirating with this crap. The people that know what they're doing aren't who they are after.


DataRiker
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join:2002-05-19
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said by bobjohnson:

I believe they are scaring the average Joe from pirating with this crap. The people that know what they're doing aren't who they are after.

For the US, I disagree. Average Joe here knows absolutely nothing about the RIAA/MPAA other than some faint memory of Napster, and knows even less of the ISP's policies in place to deal with them.

Other than a few on this site who express their dismay and horror at copy and paste, most people just don't care one way or the other.