posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 08:19 PM
I have bought a lot of music. I have ripped a lot of music. I have paid to see movies in theatres, rentals, purchases, and downloads. I have ripped
just as many. All of the above goes for software as well. I am half respectable, half pirate. I am whole "dont give a crap either way."
MPAA and RIAA have been stealing from the public and from the artists for a very long time. Now that we finally wise up and have a way to get even,
the president steps in and says "not on my watch...get back under our bootheals".
For those of you that create art and post it for free, blessed be unto you for plying your craft for the art of it. The returns are usually just.
Artists make money when people come to see them. Put the art out there for the world to enjoy and they will flock to your stage.
Sadly, since a person cannot prove that the song they freely downloaded was in fact given free without DRM or copywrite infringement, bye bye device.
This new act lets them come in and just take the media you are using without regards to what is legal or not. If two people share the device, so
sorry for the one that was using it legally. An example is that two people share a computer. One downloads pirated music and gets caught. Just
because the other person has files on the computer that are personal to them does not mean that they will allow any media removal. Gone is the thesis
being written for graduation, the reports and software you use to work from home, the music files you paid ITunes or Rhapsody to load down to you
legally, the pictures of your kids/dogs/wedding/anniversary/party...gone with impunity and without care. Do you need this stuff back? Ok, the
average case runs about $10k and takes anywhere from 3-12 months to resolve. You have a 60-40 shot of getting anything back at all.
I have just been reading through HR 4279 as it stood on 5/8/2008. They are to appoint 10 attaches and 5 coordinators to foreign countries to help
stem the copywrite violations made against the US. 15 people are the gateway authority to the world. 15 people are being charged with the duty of
stopping international piracy of US copywrites. 15 people are supposed to handle this task. 15 people are supposed to stop over a billion illegal
downloads a day. Sounds like a cake walk to me. Sounds like they certainly have everything well in hand over at Justice and Commerce. We should see
pirated media start to decline immediately. I am sure that thePirateBay and the BitTorrent boys are quaking in their boots, too afraid to even turn
out the light tonight.
I have a prediction. I say that by the end of the week, MPAA and RIAA will see record breaking piracy, not only from the US, but from the entire
world. People are going to pirate more than ever, just to make the point that nothing...NOTHING...they do or say, can or will stop the free flow of
media on the net.
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[edit on 14-10-2008 by wheresthetruth]