Sadly, that is not the Chinese way.
If you have money, you don't have problems. It is those without money who has problems.
If you have enough money, you can even kill someone and get away with it. Let me know if you want me to point you to those very stories.
This will not do anything anyways. China is implementing it for show, or to convict those who produce things they do not like when they can attribute it to "copyright". The government isn't stupid enough to do that, given that there is alot of money floating in to China based on shanzhai goods.
So should all the original Americans that revolted against their government (England) have been killed? By your logic, yes, they should have all been sentenced to death.
You seem to forget our country was founded through civil disobedience. I feel that Manning is more representative of our founding fathers than those like you. He stood up to the government for what he believed in.
If not for acting against an unjust government and informing the public of the governments abuse, we would still be hailing to the Queen.
Plus the material was redacted when Wikileaks released, so please tell me how it put anyone in danger of anything other than "dying of embarrassment". I have yet to see current troop locations, troop strengths, weak points in Abrams tanks, or nuclear missile locations and launch codes, blah blah blah.
Please tell us exactly who he endangered.
And PS: I was an American Army soldier. I was a tank mechanic for the M1A* series Abrams. My family also has a heavy military background, and yet not a single one feels "Stabbed in the back", even my uncle who is currently a private contractor in the war zones installing security systems and occasionally being recalled to active duty.
I think you painting Mike as an extremist shows you have been putting your own spin on his words.
Mike has never said, at least that I remember, that IP should be eliminated. He has in fact mentioned before that it can, as you say, benefit both the public and the creator.
His main argument is not how it should be removed completely, but about the erosion of the "public good" that has taken place in modern day IP law.
Please feel free to go back and review his articles again so you can understand how he demonstrates his viewpoints on how IP law has been completely perverted into "idea ownership", and that was not the spirit it is suppose to be operating under. Also please feel free to state one place, in case I missed it, that Mike has actually stated, ever, that IP should be eliminated completely.
I have always noted he specifically states that IP has benefits, but that the system has been abused and corrupted. Or do you honestly believe Life + 70 years benefits the public, or the artist dead for 69 years (Or some other arbitrary number of years dead, I just like 69...), in any way, shape, or form?
I agree. I still love his music, and have both bought it (originally) and now illegally downloaded it since I cannot find it in Taiwan and it was not possible to bring my entire CD/DVD collection with me when I moved here (Two suitcases, overpacked, for your entire life doesn't leave much room), but it is sad to see him move from the thought provoking artist he was to the regurgitated garbage catch phrases that **AA keeps throwing at us.
I served in the US army, and I support his actions. Because of my service, I got to experience some of the BS that our government pulls first hand.
While yes, I believe since he did the crime he deserves some time, I also agree with others that he is being crucified for this beyond what he should be. The sad part is they fail to realize they are making him a martyr, and making the government look even worse.
Lets face it, the government appears to have a policy of over-secrecy. You hide a document about a diplomat insulting another diplomat behind his back as a "confidential" issue?
I am glad of what he did because it exposes the BS the government is pulling behind our very backs. While there may be some initial pain (We have all seen how embarrassing some of these are, and it has undoubtedly jaded others impressions of Americans), I think overall this may end up being something that helps us grow, because the government is being asked to answer for the stupidity of some of it's officials.
I would love to see more Mannings. America was founded on the very principle of disobeying their governments rules (Or did you forget that we rebelled against England to get our US of A?). Let's hope the next leaked documents come from some of our biggest lobbiest companies (And their "bought officials), so we can see the BS that is occurring there.
Actually, you just hit the nail on the head, and yet sadly are arguing against your own logical reasoning:
If the park is filled with guys selling crack, the potential is that they could go in, make arrests, and order the park emptied while the search for drugs and dangerous needles.
So, they could get a court order to Subpoena the IP of the "criminals", and then go arrest, gasp, the ones participating in illegal activities, instead of shutting down everyone, including those not participating in illegal activities (bank robbers and cars come to mind, so lets take your car because you can use it to assist bank robbers...).
They could, gasp, apply due process and get a court order shutting down the site while investigations occur, instead of just saying "We can take it, no matter what due process says". That is, if they could convince the courts that this site was indeed set up to facilitate crimes (although it seems that more and more judges are sadly jumping on the shoot first, ask questions later issue).
I live in Taiwan, so if you want to move your hosting over here, feel free to contact me. Although, I am not sure that too many can move here, since Taiwan's political status internationally leaves it vulnerable to the US leaning on them to get it their way...
Maybe we can limit how many I can help move here so we do not have Taiwan put on the same list as Hong Kong.
You are failing to make the point though that there is a need for this.
Currently, SOPA/PIPA style enforcement is becoming more commonplace, so why do we need it? Currently, the content industries are making more money than ever before, so why do we need it?
Stop the war on drugs, it has failed and we loose more than is gained.
Stop the war on terrorism, it has failed and we loose more than is gained.
Stop the war on piracy, it has failed and we loose more than is gained.
Reasonable debate would be debating why we need to keep expanding copyright once every 2 years. Reasonable debate would be debating why we need to keep allowing patents that are common sense. Reasonable debate would be allowing the process to be transparent, and actually listening to all sides, not just the side throwing money at you.
It is not about profits, they have them.
It is not about channels, they can make them.
It is not about protecting the artists, they are still exploiting them.
It is all about control. Total, and complete control. Don't kid yourself, the government also does not object too heavily, since they can use the same laws to expand their own control.
Feel free to respond to these issues. I will be waiting with bated breath.