Just as France is looking to support consumers' rights when it comes to file sharing, it looks like Germany is going in the opposite direction. John submits this story about a new law set to go into effect in Germany that will make casual downloaders risk two years in jail, for getting an unauthorized copy of the latest music or movie. One of the defenders of the law has this lovely quote: "There should be no legal distinction between stealing chewing gum from a shop and performing an illegal download." Of course there should be a legal difference. In one case, something tangible is missing and then can't be bought by someone else. In the other case, that's not true at all. So, whether or not it's illegal, there obviously should be a legal distinction between the two -- and it's a bit worrisome that some people still can't see the difference.
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