I haven't heard many people suggest outlawing plea bargains. I'm not an expert in this area but it is my understanding that many countries have done just that; as they understand the corrosive effects of the whole bargaining process.
While disruption by the internet is a significant force on journalism, I think the biggest negative driver is themselves. Once reporters stop offering even the pretense of reporting just the facts of a story and openly promoted only editorial spin, their days were numbered.
It’s my understanding that the wheels came off the track almost immediately; with Congress directing federal support for the city of Savannah after their great fire. They knew it was unconstitutional for congress to divert tax dollars to aid the city but they did it anyway. One more example that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Newspapers died when they switched from reporting the facts and trying to keep aware of their bias to pushing their spin/agenda. This is a death that has been coming for decades; well before web browsers even existed.
I think the last election cycle, with more people reading alternative viewpoints on the web, has pushed newspaper and mass media to the edge of the cliff. I'm a little surprised that they don't know just how dead they are.
Okay, it is true that your CD-ROM came out before Microsoft's. The fact is that Britannica passed on Gates' offer and had no clue how to sell a CD-ROM. So describing it as an urban myth is misleading, at best.
"Making life difficult is only going to drive those legitimate customer prospects towards the very activity they were most afraid of."
I’m sure there are people who rationalize their downloading illegal copies this way. I’ve seen Mike use this line more and more often, of late, and feel that in some way he is providing cover for “pirates”.
If I can’t get what I want, when I want it, at a price I’m willing to pay then I go without. I’d rather see Mike reference lost of market size and market share rather than increasing pressure to “pirate” as the main penalty for treating one’s customers like criminals.
I'm a little bummed out about it but I'm boycotting the NFL until they stop attacking Fair Use. The real drag for me is that I finally got my wife educated enough on the game that she could enjoy watching them with me. :-(