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7-08-2011 @ 7:38PM
Sleu, your leagal right to make a replica Rolex watch ends the second you try to sell it as a Rolex watch, untill that point you can make literaly all the fake Rolex watches you want.unlike a lot of people who see no problem with the theft of Intelectual property, the Law does not recognise the diference between a car built by a car company or a perfomace created by a Movie Company or a Song published by a music company like motown.by and large the law also does not recognise the diference between a counterfit good like a high quality but still fake Rollex watch produced in Canada by a skilled craftsman or a CD pirated by someone useing a CD burner and sold in a "fleamarket" for a couple of bucks.why should content that is copied on one computer and sent out to dozens if not hundreds of people online without the copyrights owner be treated any diferently
7-08-2011 @ 9:08PM
The problem here is that you must not only change the law, but you must convince the people of the law. While some of us are watching this quite closely, in most of the dark corners of the internet this will go mostly unnoticed, and I think that downloading will most likely go unabated with barely a speedbump. They won't be able to enforce it on the scale that it happens, and so we might again see a few token convictions as we again sacrifice up a few people's lives to the law to "make an example" to the rest. We stuff our prisons fuller, and the true problem goes unsolved; we're repeating the pattern of the 'war on drugs' all over again.Notice that I still say there's a problem and it is still unsolved. I'm not in favor of piracy, I'm not in favor of drugs. But misguided legislature like this only serves to put money in the pockets of certain companies while not actually solving the problem itself.(Wasn't there a movie that recently was shown to stand to gain more money from 1/10th of the infringement charges on downloaders than the movie itself made at box office? This is not the way to adapt and create new markets...)
7-09-2011 @ 9:54AM
@Oakraven:The answer to your question is a complex one that can't be easily answered in a five-word comment. I really suggest that you read the book I linked after my comment (you'll have to go to the main comments page for this article and scroll up to the top, since you didn't actually reply to it, so it's in a separate thread from this one).But if you want that sound-bite answer, it's this: copyright law in the U.S. has been twisted and perverted beyond the farthest reaches of its original intentions by those with money and influence to the concrete and demonstrable detriment of our culture and technology.
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