Originally Posted by charles maynes
Dude- if it dealt with foreign sites I would be all for it- It doesnt-
You keep repeating that but guess what? *YOU'RE WRONG!*
Sorry to have to put it that way, but it's the truth. Saying it over and over again won't make it change.
The bill is designed to be used to block foreign websites from the general (non-hacker) US market. It's also designed to deal with the multiple takedown whac-a-mole problem.
those 106 countries who rip off more digital media than the US are going to go untouched by this....
First, we can only deal with our domestic market. You can't seriously be suggesting that we get into doing foreign invasions over copyright?
Second, as I pointed out, it depends on how they're figuring the piracy statistics.
I guess I need to go into detail here.......
Let's say we have four countries, A, B, C, & D.
Country A has a population of 10, of whom 9 are pirates = 90%
Country B has a population of 26, 13 of whom are pirates = 50%
Country C has a population of 100, 35 of whom are pirates = 35%
Country D has a population of 1000, 280 of whom are pirates = 28%
Country D is the lowest ranked of the four countries, percentage-wise, but has twice as many pirates as the total populations of the other three countries put together.
The total number of pirates in the other counties equal approximately 1/5 the total number in country D.
But Country D has the lowest RATE of piracy of all four countries.
Do you understand now?
For example IIRC Spain is ranked as one of the nations with the highest piracy rates, but Spain's population is less than some states in the USA.
The US may be 107 in rate of piracy, but most of those that outrank it are PEANUTS.
"Lies, damned lies, and statistics!" - Mark Twain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lies,_d...and_statistics
If this went after the actual end user, I would be all for it too....When Suzy gets slapped with a Thousand Dollar fine for downloading DVD's and Albums it will have impact.... Ever hear a squealing pig? thats what was heard when RIAA did just that..... And the public had no interest in hearing about it. Gee, someone with a clue would take note of that.
Yeah, well it was pretty much the same thing with drunk driving...........
The problem with the RIAA action was that they stopped.
The other problem was that they were a private, industry sponsored organization, not the government.
People pay a lot more attention when the government does something. That's why we need government action - this is beyond the effectiveness of civil suits.
It's time that the damn government do what we're paying them for. If they had more legitimate action to deal with maybe they wouldn't get in so much trouble elsewhere..... (probably wishful thinking.)