First, file-sharing isn't necessarily unauthorized distribution. There's so much stuff being traded online for free that by pointing the finger at every person sharing files and calling them a criminal (or saying there is no defense for it) is ludicrous.
For the illegal activities that ARE going on, there are PLENTY of defenses for it. Just as the recording and movie industries have defenses for their own crimes. There's always a defense for crimes. Whether you accept them or not is your business.
As a file-sharer, let me inform you that I *do* go to movies, I *do* buy music online, I *do* rent and buy DVD/Blue-ray movies, and I do buy computer games on- and off-line. I am a customer. To be honest, I am a vexed, abused, irritated, and displeased customer, and when people like Anne (and the recording industries) refer to me as a criminal, it really pisses me off.
We pay to see the movie in the theater, we pay to see it again on PPV, and again to see it on our supposedly-premium cable channels, or to rent the title on DVD/Blue-ray. We pay to own our own copy, and even then, they're trying to restrict us from recording images to watch at our leisure.
Some people wonder why I'm so passionate about this topic. I myself wonder why so many people are not.
The part about all of this that really saddens me is that with each post here, including my own, we only further garner Anne's utter garbage mentalities more attention.
Nothing new here at all. These crooks will do anything that benefits themselves. What Dark Helmet above said is absolutely the truth - they will abuse the courts and simply throw enough money at issues and claim all the while that they're poor because people 'steal' their work. Meanwhile, they're stabbing their artists in the back on a regular basis, stealing everything they can get their hands on, and laying claim to everything they can't.
Copyright and ownership is going to be the basis of our next revolution. Eventually people aren't going to put up with it any more.
While I'm almost always on the side of freedom and sharing, I have to wonder what medium was used to download it, and I think that consideration show weigh heavily on any decision. If it was a torrent or kazaa, I think the admins of the system SHOULD be embarrassed and take it down.
A free service run by taxpayers should be run by professionals who know how to control the system and prevent active illegal filesharing.
Otherwise, carry on! :) As to NullOp above, hear hear! I'm not sure Hollywood will hear us correctly when we don't buy more of their offerings, but it's the only way we can voice our ire: STOP BUYING THEIR PRODUCT.
I've submitted my letter to the chairman on this, and everyone else should, too.
It doesn't matter if the technology can be circumvented. Ultimately, it always can be. The problem is in the FCC supporting their DEMAND for it.
If this technology had some consumer incentive, they could sell it as a service and people would buy it. ("Get access to movies before anyone else does!") But it's obvious that they realize people are NOT that eager for this technology, and since they can't SELL it to us, they're out to FORCE it on us.
Don't let them get away with this. Where do they get off punishing us?
One of my major complaints against the music and movie groups (game publishers, too!) has always been that they're not offering what their customers want, and this is a classic example: people obviously WANT the Beatles music in MP3 format, and are willing to pay for it, BUT NOBODY IS OFFERING IT. Stealing it is the ONLY option! Why is it copyright infringement to take copies of something that doesn't exist in the market?
These people aren't stealing revenue from groups, because the groups aren't selling this material. I'm not legitimizing piracy - I'm simply pointing out what I see as a major flaw.
It's not necessarily that we believed. We're guilty of a more innocent crime: we WANT to believe. This isn't worse than what we had under Bush. But it's more of the same, something we'd hoped was voted away. More than a little depressing.