Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by ghaleon12
It sounds to me like games are becoming like drugs? Is that true?
It's hard for me to grasp that. It does explain why we never see children outside playing and exercising anymore.
It's interesting that you should say that. Modern video games are actually designed specifically to trigger addictive patterns in players. If you've
ever seen somebody gamble away their life savings, you've seen one of those patterns yourself.
This link is to a comedy website, but the article itself is actually informative. Check it out:
Anyways, my take on the matter is that if you take something you didn't pay for, you have committed theft. HOWEVER, the issue at hand here isn't
whether piracy is right or wrong. The issue is whether or not the government and the RIAA/MPAA are right or wrong. Two wrongs do not make a right.
In this country, (The United States,) we have a document whose authority is higher than the law. That document is the Constitution. It states that we
are not to be the victims of illegal searches. It has been interpreted to mean that we are also protected from wiretapping, and rightly so. If the
Constitution has been interpreted to mean that a warrant is needed to search my home or tap my phone line, then why on earth should I stand for it if
the government is searching my computer (as has been proposed in other bills) or spying on my Internet searches (which is the case in this bill)
The issue isn't whether I'm breaking the law or not (I'm not,) the issue is whether or not my rights would be violated by this bill if it became
law (They would be.)
What's even worse is that the MPAA and RIAA want the authority to violate these rights all by themselves. They want to be able to drop in on
anyone's Internet activity at any time and see what they're doing. They want to be able to pop into any computer in the world without a warrant,
without reasonable cause, without due process of any kind, and search for "illegally pirated content," and on top of that, they want final say in
what counts as illegally pirated content.
In other words: They don't want to have to prove in court when they've been stolen from. They are seeking the power to point fingers at anyone,
anywhere, and declare a copyright violation. They want this finger pointing to mean that the accused is immediately guilty in the eyes of the
government, once again with due process
and the Constitution
This paves the way for them to do something far beyond the scope of enforcing copyrights. If they had their way, they would have the power to
literally point at anyone they choose, demand money from that person, and then be legally entitled to it without a trial and without the person even
being truly guilty in the first place.
And that's scary. The same sort of thing happens in organized crime. It's called a "Protection Racket," where somebody just comes in and says you
owe them money, and you owe it because they have the power to destroy you. The MPAA and RIAA are trying to set up a legalized Protection Racket, which
the whole world (or at least the United States citizens) would be the victims of.
And that, frankly, is far more evil and sinister than downloading a song.
When the RIAA and MPAA stop attempting to violate my rights, then maybe
I will give a crap about the thieves that are violating theirs!