Once Again NY Expands 'Anti-Piracy' Laws Based On No Evidence
from the but-of-course dept
As always, however, stricter laws are never enough for the folks at the MPAA and the RIAA. When those laws fail to change anything, rather than realizing that maybe (just maybe) they should be helping their member studios & labels adapt to the changing times, they instead focus on ratcheting up the laws even more. So, the news that New York has "expanded" its anti-bootlegging law to now include other forms of storage, including hard drives, flash drives and memory cards, is not surprising. It seems that bootleggers in New York were actually changing with the times (while the labels were not), and had moved on from selling bootlegs on discs.
Still, I really have to wonder if the "bootleg" trade is as big a problem as the industry likes to make it out to be. Considering all of this stuff is available online, who's really walking down Canal Street buying a hard drive of bootleg music these days?