29th November 2011
I guess we should look more close at this- in the enforcement realm we have to look at what it brings us-
I first assuming you are including the end users with the insatiable appetite for illegal media- They should indeed be the brunt of the financial patrons here.... We might also consider how their parent networks are treated.... If a college student, following the old Napster model shares say, 5000 songs- what is the appropriate penalty for them?
is that penalty in line with the cost of prosecuting that case? If we say no, we are in-essence blessing the endeavor....
file sharing is still seen in the courts as a "innocent" sort of crime. That really cannot carry on if we are serious about changing the social fabric of the issue. There needs to be real penalties if we wish the behavior to be changed- The penalty actually needs to be nearly draconian to instill the "fear of God" into the equation- the question is, are all the parties willing to stand in that square.
on the supply side- If ghost IP's, and even CD and DVD sharing is used to bypass the internet (mix tapes- anyone) we are still standing in the swamp of forgiveness.
but all of that aside, my issue doesnt concern people stealing music or film- they can burn in hell as far as I am concerned.
My issue is slippery definitions which allow non commercial information to be protected as though it were. As with Pharma provisions. Our health system here is the most expensive in the world with good, not great average outcome. If companies are allowed monopolies with the governments blessing and protection I see that as a very negative effect on the average citizen who might have little part in the piracy matter.
If we want to stop online piracy, lets stop it- the way to that end is to start seriously and harshly enforcing the laws that already exist.
As to the offshore servers- treat them for what they are- illegal transit points for contraband- we go out and make drug dealers have very bad days- both in the US and outside the US- lets use those same laws and the RICO statutes to do the same to the filesharing sites.
If we want to go after the Ad sites- we go after the advertisers. We boycott them and make their lives a living hell.
I am just fine with that.
As to the torture issue- again its an analogy- Are we against torture or for it? The Courts say its illegal. It should be a done conversation.
If FIle sharing is illegal, define it absolutely and prosecute it- we have ample laws in place for that to happen RIGHT NOW.
one last thing- on the "war on drugs" front..... If the govt is only interested in it to perpetuate spending on a serious paramilitary enforcement mechanism- why would one think they would do any better with our problem? Especially when Bill Gates and The Google boys can saunter into the Oval Office anytime they want, no matter who is the President?
color me cynical? You got that right....