There is almost never wide public support for laws such as this, especially in the internet era.
Then why exactly are governments who are supposed to be representative of their citizens pushing for such laws? Last I remember I elected politicians into office to represent me. I don't recall ever voting for a nanny to make decisions for me.
It seems to me you are advocating having the pigs run the Animal Farm because us sheep and cows are just not quite smart enough.
Falsely lumping all of these specialized areas into the "theft" bucket leads law enforcement and politicians to take easy mental heuristics that have them assume that even if infringement is not exactly like theft it's "close enough" that you can treat it like theft and respond to it like theft.
Perhaps I tend to lean towards the conspiracy theory side of things, but this has always struck me as a concerted effort by the legacy players to turn copyright infringement from a civil tort into a criminal one where the state foots the bill for investigation and prosecution.
You cannot ignore everything and act like nothing is going on, especially when it is so blantant.
Well the problem is that it's not as obvious as you make it out to be. Infringement is based on a how file is used. Like I've said many times before - the same file could have both legal and illegal uses. Without additional knowledge beyond a filename it is impossible to know. But you somehow can magically look at a file and say "It's 100% infringement".
And your response above indicates some knowledge of illegal drug use for liability. So how exactly would Rapidshare know?
Basically, the court ruled that the business model in and of itself is legal, but without constant vigilance as to how the service is used, they would be liable.
If that's true, then that is an asinine ruling really.
I know that real world analogies don't translate well online, but this is akin to saying that a physical storage unit rental company must monitor every single item anyone places in their rented units to make sure no one is storing stolen property. This would include opening up all boxes stored in the unit and pawing through it like the TSA would.
If it isn't acceptable in the real world, why would it be acceptable online?
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They just disabled a single link, which is entirely dishonest. They didn't stop the copyright violations, they knowingly assured that the file stayed active.
You (or some other AC) keep bringing this up like it's some sort of criminal act or something.
The United States is not the whole fucking world. Mega disabled the links specified in the DMCA notices as they were required per US law.
Since there are other countries besides the US (I know hard for you to imagine) with different laws then the US's where filesharing is completely legal for personal use, Mega isn't required (nor should they) disable links that are perfectly legal, even if they point to something that would be considered infringing in the States.
You are being either blissfully ignorant or willfully blind to these simple facts.
2- post the magnet link (lulz for trying to censor this)
This was my first thought. TPB has gone completely to magnet links anyways. Why would anyone need to send a link for a TBP page when they can just send the magnet link to someone who can then dump it into their torrent client?. Sounds like Microsoft is a bit behind the curve on this one.
Besides, one can just use BTDigg.org which is a search engine that gets it's data from the bittorent DHT swarm itself.
"We donít want everything for free. We just want everything. When you don't give it to us, we take it, because we are the entitled generation".
Maybe you should re-read this article. The kids were asked how they would support artists they like. That doesn't sound like taking to me. It just sounds like they value a bunch of stuff more than a simple copy of something.
...because each time someone decides NOT to buy a movie ticket, and decides to pirate instead, they can be lost...
And then there are those like me who decided a long time ago not to buy a movie tickets because of crappy experiences in theaters. I would have to say the last time I had an enjoyable experience in a movie theater was Aliens in the 80's. (Ok, maybe not quite - I did enjoy Tomb Raiders - but only because it was a mid-week matinee and we had the theater to ourselves). I don't pirate movies either. I simply wait for them to come out on Netflix or HBO/Showtime/Skinamax. Am I a lost sale?