"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?
This is an extension of a problem I have seen growing over the last 30 thirty years. For some reason employers have migrated to the thinking that because they hire you they can dictate what you can and cannot do while on your own time.
There's a story here in Michigan where a health-nazi company owner actually fired people who failed random nicotine tests even though they never smoked on company property. Unfortunately, it was legal under existing Michigan laws.
More than once, when I felt an employer was overreaching into my non-work life, I had to remind them that they only rented my skills and services for 40 hours a week, they did not own me and what I do on my own time is none of their damn business.
...just nobody wants to compete with their own product given away for free by someone who isn't paying for it to start with.
Then don't compete with it. Use the non-scarce as a loss leader to sell the scarce. Look, you can spend all your time and energy trying to fight illegal copying, but it isn't going to go away - just about everyone has a digital copying machine in their pocket or purse nowadays. Thirty years of escalating copyright laws haven't even dented the surface of piracy.
That's not a question of monopoly, that's a question of right and wrong.
You are somewhat right. There's no question that copyright is a government enforced monopoly. As for the rest of that sentence, you are talking morals and I don't argue morals because they are personal and subjective. What I may think is immoral, you might not and vice versa.
What you are missing is that many startups are missing out because they either cannot sell the products for a reasonable price, or cannot extract enough value from their presentation / distribution to make it work out. They cannot do it because they are specifically competing with the same product being given away for free.
There are just way too many people out there breaking the law, because they think they are safe or hidden by the internet. That isn't fair for people who follow the law, and operate within it.
Wait. I think your view is a bit distorted because you see the word "internet".
There are also way too many people speeding on our freeways because they think they won't get caught. That isn't really fair to those who drive the speed limit and have to spend more of their time driving, is it? No one is out there advocating that we limit all the freeway access ramps to "approved" drivers are they?
t is one thing to say you are getting started on a alternate DNS system and another to actually do it.
There is still activity on the p2p DNS SourceForge site. It really isn't a replacement DNS, but it will create it's own distributed TLD (.p2p) that isn't under the control of any one government or entity.