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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...)
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