Officials In The Philippines Want To Criminalize Downloading

from the yeah,-that'll-work dept

We're seeing crazier and crazier ideas for copyright laws lately. First, we had politicians in Brazil looking to criminalize ripping a CD and, now, Richard points us to the news that there's an effort underway in the Philippines to make direct downloading of unauthorized works a criminal offense. Apparently, this is being driven by a government agency, in association with an industry "anti-piracy" group (of course). I'm curious if even our usual critics can defend why direct downloading should be a criminal issue, rather than a civil issue? Do you really think putting people in jail for listening to music will get more people to buy your product?


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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 11:03am

    getting people locked up for petty shit like this should be a capital offense

     

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    MrWilson, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 11:12am

    So the entertainment industry basically advocates for the assault, rape, and possible murder of copyright violators, but the copyright violators are the "pirates."

     

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    Andrew (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 11:14am

    so what about if I download it in parts from different machines lol...what then??

    The title of this heading is a bit misleading considering they said it was for "unauthorized downloads". But this can be abused and i do not think it should be a criminal offence.

     

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    Anonymouse, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 11:19am

    Queue the 'Freetards' 'Masnick Sucks' 'Supporting piracy' 'FUD' post in 3...2...

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 11:32am

    Your "should" constrains too much: /can be/, so will be.

    Disclaimer: I'M NOT FOR THAT.

    But this helps the always increasing police state, so if you look only for some rational justification, you're going to be surprised by brutal tyranny for its own sake.

    And now I ask again, presumably rhetorically: are you going to download if might get tossed into jail?

     

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    DannyB (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 11:45am

    How are you supposed to know if it is Unauthorized

    If Yahoo, Google, YouTube and even the MPAA / RIAA seem unable to tell whether content is authorized or now, then how is the average person supposed to know?

    If there is a site offering content for download, and it looks okay, how are you supposed to know whether it is truly authorized / unauthorized?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 11:49am

    Re: Your "should" constrains too much: /can be/, so will be.

    People steal, murder, etc. despite jail sentences.

    Jail isn't a deterrent, its a punishment. People don't commit crimes while weighing the risk/reward, they go into it planning to never get caught. The strongest deterring factor is personal morality that stops them from considering, or taking a step forward, in the first place.

     

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    Chosen Reject (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Your "should" constrains too much: /can be/, so will be.

    You're right, I never thought about that. I bet this applies in other areas. In fact, if we made mere drug possession a crime, that would certainly end the drug war overnight.

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:02pm

    Re: Your "should" constrains too much: /can be/, so will be.

    It's not a rhetorical question at all, and the answer is a resounding yes.

    This law is (will be) draconian and should therefore not be followed. Just because something becomes a law doesn't make the law right, just, or ethical. I believe we have a duty as citizens to not follow laws that are unjust, and the government saying "because I said so" is not proper justification. Governments that do that are tyrannical, and history has shown that people don't put up with them for too long.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:04pm

    Define "direct downloading"

    Would I be able to set up a site with a few of my photos on it. Add the caption, "you are not authorized to download this photo." Pump some money into Google ad-words in the Philippines and wait for page views. Then press charges.

    I have my server logs that list ip addresses and when they came to the site. I also can tell if you downloaded the "unauthorized" photo.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:14pm

    When will people just get so sick of these copyright MAFIAA that we finally see wackjobs blowing them up or shooting MAFIAA DICKS ??

     

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    MrWilson, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Re: Your "should" constrains too much: /can be/, so will be.

    Agreed. Too often these days, it seems like corporations just buy laws to make citizens do what they want. But since the government is supposed to be "of, by, and for the people," and should only pass laws "by the consent of the governed," any law that is not written for the people is inherently invalid and should not be respected.

    We all agree murder is bad, and would not like ourselves to be murdered. So we, as members of society, agree that murder should be against the law and murderers will face consequences for their actions.

    A limited number of extremely rich corporations, who are not people and are not citizens of the country, agree that everyone else should pay them the most number of times possible for the least about of effort (which is also squeezed from the actual creators for insulting amounts), so we, as members of society, agree that these extremely rich corporations should go to hell.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:18pm

    They can't even make the street vendors stop selling bootlegs I wonder how they will find anyone to enforce that crap for them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:18pm

    entertainment industry glorify violence and crime, but downloads are not romantic at all.

     

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    Lord Binky, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:22pm

    Wow, laws are SUPPOSED to protect people, not punish people. I guess this protects the public from... Anyways, the jail is a punishment thing is really stupid. Jail was once, and better off as method of rehabilitation so people when let out, can rejoin society for the better and hopefully not go back jail, the purely punishment aspect simply disregards emperical evidence and all kinds of psychological knowledge that it punishment itself isn't going be a cure all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:33pm

    And for what? So they can learn how to download better, in prison? So they can be eventually released as career criminals and continue their serial downloading?

    We should just send them all to an island.

     

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    Tech42 (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:44pm

    Re:

    Getting laws passed through bribery should be a capital offense (for both parties).

     

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    NullOp, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 12:54pm

    Anti-Piracy

    How big is the kickback the govt is to receive?

     

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    mike allen (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 1:00pm

    Re:

    send them to an island?
    where hey can learn how to make a atom bomb and aim it in your direction great idea.

     

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    Jeffrey Nonken (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 1:18pm

    Re: Your "should" constrains too much: /can be/, so will be.

    "And now I ask again, presumably rhetorically: are you going to download if might get tossed into jail?"

    It has been proven time and time again that jail is an effective deterrent. Obviously it works because we have so few jails and they're practically empty! The poor guards and wardens are bored stiff with nothing to do but play Parcheesi all day.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 1:37pm

    Re: Your "should" constrains too much: /can be/, so will be.

    its already criminal to even be on this site where I live, or bypass government censors, but that hasn't stopped us and never will. Fuck you and all the government and corporate douchebags

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 1:37pm

    Of course it's a great idea to lock up your fans for listening to your music Mike! Think of all of the free advertising it would give the artist when people like you write about those outrageous arrests! The more people who hear of an artist's music through the arrests the more who will buy it! Or of course, the more who will download it, in which case the artist get even more free advertising from people like you Mike!

    (Yes I'm being sarcastic)

     

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    PaulT (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 1:46pm

    Re: Your "should" constrains too much: /can be/, so will be.

    "are you going to download if might get tossed into jail"

    If I were to do that, I'd be sure to put things in place to stop me being caught, maybe set it up so that annoying neighbour who doesn't know how to secure his equipment properly gets framed? Then when he goes behind bars and I'm scott free, sell some copies offline to people I know who aren't so knowledgable? Sounds like there's lot of profit to be had, so why not?

    (disclaimer, the above doesn't reflect my actual viewpoints, just pointing out how ineffective this would be at stopping the real "criminals").

     

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    PaulT (profile), Sep 13th, 2011 @ 1:52pm

    Re: How are you supposed to know if it is Unauthorized

    That's really part of the **AA's plans. They don't want you downloading PD, CC-licensed or just plain free content posted by the artist. They don't want new business models that make them obsolete. They want their cut, and as much as possible. One way to do that is to get laws passed so that if you don't download copies from a pre-approved source they get paid for, you risk jail.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 2:17pm

    I can tell you I don't download music. Then again because I don't hear new music, I'm not in the market for it either. I have absolutely no interest in music any more. You can thank the MAFIAA for that. I'm sick of their constant whining and sick of their constant back stabbing. I refuse to support them.

    Like it, hate it, don't matter. It won't bring me back to the market with the way things are. Think they can justify a law to change that? Good luck.

     

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    Good Parenting, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 2:34pm

    Do these people think they have a future?

    I have lost all respect for any copyright because of these tactics and because I've learned that it really is descended from censorship. I am teaching my children--who are just starting out in school--that copying and distributing the products of your mind is right, and that trying to be selfish with your ideas is wrong. Eventually, I will explain copyright to them in the hope that they will some day contribute to its demise.

    I'm certain I'm not the only parent out there doing this. How long do the MAFIAA think they can survive in this climate?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 3:22pm

    Re:

    Yeah, Yeah, you can say that you don't buy music because of the actions of the MAFIAA. But chances are you wouldn't have bought music at this stage of your life anyway whether the MAFIAA were sane and sensible or not. So your view is irrelevant.

    What is irrefutably true is that there is piracy and if the people who pirated actually bought the things they pirated then there would be a lot more money in the world than there is in the world, and if that was the case there would be no recession and everybody would be happy.

    Why are Mike and most of the Techdirt regulars so opposed to a world where everyone would be happy?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 4:20pm

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    wrong on all points, laws protect and punish, thats their job

    jail has been, punishment, reform, deterrent etc... et al.
    all have failed, punishment has failed, rehabiliation has failed, look at the recidivism rates

    there is no empirical evidence, learn some criminal justice history first

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 4:43pm

    Is not wonderful l when public servants just ask to be bribed?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 5:57pm

    Re: Re:

    Lack of acceptance of reality seems to be common with both Alice and with trolls.

    Ever look lately at the newspapers? There is a depression (even though the government wants to white wash it) and people don't have the money they once had.

    When people are faced with a choice of spending what little money they have, it will be for food, electricity, and fuel. Luxury items such as music doesn't place in the choices at all.

    So your viewpoint is irrelevant.

     

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    Ivan, Sep 13th, 2011 @ 6:04pm

    Without a doubt the US has tied AID funding to these new laws

     

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