The RIAA and MPAA and other assorted companies are also the ones who insist on a ridiculous standard of 'obviousness' that leads to companies suing over videos they didn't know they had made available themselves. They also tend to push for the larger end of already ridiculous 'damages'. When a single hard drive can contain more 'damages' than the a good chunk of the entire US natioal debt...
So no, it's not unfair to hold them to at least as high a standard as they expect of others, if not more. After all, we expect lawmakers to be better than the average joe at following the law.
The only thing that 'devalues' the product is the quality of the product itself. If it's good, it won't devalue. If it's bad, it devalues itself quite happily. And you can't paint with a broad brush and say "all piracy devalues the original". By that argument, DVD price reductions do as well, as do other promotional activities where someone doesn't pay the 'full' price.
Plenty of people /do/ pirate for many reasons, including test sampling, or because they can't afford to - or because it's just more convenient. As long as they end up buying some stuff and tell people about what they like, it's free advertising. You know, the stuff that companies throw money away to do, because it makes them money. Is everyone who sees an advert but doesn't buy the product a 'lost sale'? Only in terms of not having managed to appeal to them!
Make easy, legal and cheap options available, and people will use them instead of a lot of pirating. And the real moochers would never have given you a penny anyway.
Distressing, why do you care so much about some random trolls? Or are they not-so-random to you?
If you must sympathise with them, then sympathise with them for their incompetence, stupidity and viciousness leading to this well-deserved smackdown. If they weren't venal, nasty, conniving liars in the first place, then this wouldn't be happening to them!
I think you have the wrong country. We didn't need saving, we did that ourselves long before you got around to joining the party. Now, if you want to argue if everyone on the continent would have been speaking German or Russian, that's another matter. But we would have been in more danger from Russia than Germany in the long term!
Much as I am abeliever in free speech, I would be horrified if you could just say to anyone, especially a child learning how to handle the world, "oh you can say what you like, no matter how vicious, calculated or persistent, because no-one will hold you to account for it".
Because so much in life will NOT let them do that, and it's hardly discouraging their viciousness.
A felony may be overreaching, but they should get slapped down hard, just like if they caused (even indirect) harm to anyone else physically.
Look at the horrible civil rights situation we have in the UK, where undercover cops spied on, and facilitated those evil terrorists - environmentalists!
As if that weren't a bad enough abuse of civil liberties and a huge waste of taxpayer money, the undercover cops 'stole' the identities of dead babies - so when the families found out, they were understandably confused and distressed.
And let's not get into them getting not only into relationships with women under false pretences, but getting them pregant... talk about (liberties) being raped by the state.
So watch where you let your police (state) walk...
This is published on behalf of the government, and it involves the public law, so it should be public domain. Otherwise by your argument if a state pays a private company to build a major road, it's automatically not a public highway.