IMHO, I think almost everyone here is missing the point, at least the main point.
"Piracy" isn't file-sharing. "Piracy" is making money out of duplicating copyrighted items.
File-Sharing isn't about making money. At most is about saving money, money that will be spent somewhere else, maybe improving economies locally, instead of comglomerates.
Entitlement, is what copyright holders feel about their items. They created it. Found a way to monetize their creations. And then they feel entitled to receive in perpetuity plus a day, royalties from that creation, without producing anything else more.
What file-sharers do, and, they will keep doing, is not recognize that entitlment. You can argue all you want with laws, and infringment and whatever else, but anyone learning that it is being abused, and finding a way to not remain in that position, will take it. Whatever what you may call it.
Prices, availability, DRM's, Openness, all that is fruitless, as long as the entitlment remains. "Rightfull compensation to authors" is the main reason everyone is invoking. That is the main problem. No one should be entitled to be compensated for creating something for commercial purposes. If you are doing it for artistic and not commerce, you don't feel entitled.
If any of you starts a businness, and many of you have, you don't expect that your businness will be "Rightfuly compensated". You will work, and demand payment, and will be paid, or law will be at your side. But, no one guarantees that you will keep receiving after the job is done. In perpetuity.
Why "creative" work should be "Entitled" to that?
File-sharers have reached that conclusion, and found that they also have the right to some entitlement of their own. Call it what you want, as mike stated, the horse is out of the barn. People realized that they were being abused, and found a way to fight back.
Sending letters, fines, sueing, cutting access... and whatever else you may do, or demand done in the name of your entitlement, will only create more on the file-sharers side. Ultimately, file-sharing will never stop, and it will be higher at every effort made to quelch it. The sooner everyone realizes that, and find a reasonable way to deal with it, either embracing it, or removing the reasons for it to exist, the sooner everyone will proffit from it.
Just my oppinion, as file-sharer, as father, as educator, as creator, as author, as human being. Peace...
Disappointing that polititians are bought by lobbys? How?
By deffinition a polititian is a property bought and payed for. What else can you expect from them?
When I heard my sister saying she was considering a political career, I stopped talking to her for 2 years. She eventually got the message.
I have more respect for drug dealer, that is doing harm to a few kids, then I have for ANY polititian in the world. Those scumbags I consider bellow human.
Apparently, I have seen no actual proof, they provide a service of some kind. Even if that proves to be true, wich I really doubt, one for each city would be more then enough. The rest, well, I can think of several uses, being fertilizer the best so far.
For all of you, that really think a polititian is someone important, I can only say... I just saw Santa Claus having a drink with Superman.
It will be a simple replacing of "Stars". The artificially made, that are now the standard, by the fan selected, that are becoming the norm. Example: Susan Boyle.
Musicians everywhere are realising that they are not employees of the labels. At best they are label slaves. Who actualy pays them are the fans, and those are the ones that need to be obliged. Little by little, they'll come around. Of course, some dinossaurs will take more time to die then others, some will make more noise, or stink a lot worse, before they disappear, but since meteor "Internet" fall on these once label paradise, they are doomed to extintion.
What will replace them? What will be the "mammal" of the after crash? Too early to tell yet. Let's enjoy the ride...
No, the flow is in no danger. Maybe, just maybe, who knows... Quality will even improve...