You'd go on as if piracy is a lucrative business. I've yet to see an unbiased report of it bringing home something lucrative.
Lessened risks lead to increased piracy? Heck, even an infinitely heightened risks won't deter, in fact will stimulate, infinitely increasing piracy if the core problems aren't addressed. You can't just address the problem at the end of the pipeline while ignoring the ones at the source. All that'll do is blow up the whole thing.
There are myriad of reasons people turn to piracy. What I think TD is covering all along is piracy as a release valve from pressure of unmet demand of one form or another (scarcity of legal sources, unfair pricing/practices, etc). That's one, albeit most widely cited cause. Even in those cases I've yet to see TD making a call to pirate something.
There's a minor anecdote running outside of the US, especially in Muslim countries: If you have your name, or part of it, sounded Muslim, forget traveling to the US for any reason. It'll be lucky if you're not end up in Gitmo even if you're traveling there to do humanitarian work. Use the 48 days waiting for the US embassy to respond why you couldn't fly there from your home country (that is, if ever) for a more productive work instead.
Also, I've heard the same anecdote for some small part of Europe. Which part I forgot, cos it's rare compared to ones made for the US
All these efforts, more surveillance, "selectively" bypass judicial procedure, harsh punishment, etc, ad nauseum, will do nothing in curbing "terrorism", if the underlying cause is not found, studied, and acted upon.
The thing is, this is a fairly simple fix, and it's all technological: the automated system being used by DTecNet ought to actually check the file type and size before sending out a DMCA notice.
The thing is, it is NOT simple to fix using only technological/automated means. File type and size? That's the easiest thing to spoof (intentional action) or collide (unintentional action). The next thing is using hashes, while it doesn't deter spoofing 1 iota, it can decrease collision chance considerably.
While hashes seems like good news, consider it from copyright holder's view. 2 same media file, one slightly modified (i.e. resized by 1px for visuals, or apply filtering on unused spectra for audio) yield to a very different hash, hence uncaught infringement. Developing methods precise enough to handle this problem is hard and expensive. It's more easier to use "shoot 1st ask question never" approach cos DMCA is particularly weak in deterring this kind of approach.
The only sure way to satisfy both party (accuser and accused) is to have conscious human being (or something similar ;P ) to do the final arbitration, and that still do not account for further "complications" like fair use etc.
(hard/expensive method for doing it right) + (no reprisal) = abuse + (collateral damage)^3
What's the minimum number of victims after which we waive all decency and respect of human rights of the "alleged" perpetrator(s)? What's the restitution of wrongful allegation/conviction in such case(s)?
As much as I may empathize with various oppressed people (and they are everywhere), terrorism (and killing, for that matter) is never a reasonable tactic. Never.
Trouble is, the word "terror" is open for interpretation, at least for what specific action causing it, i.e. I could be cowering in terror knowing that my Miranda rights can be revoked at anytime without clear explanation/rules as to why. I could be arrested for jaywalking, and some smart ass argues my jaywalking threatens public safety and poof goes my Miranda rights (apparently, he doesn't approve my relationship with his daughter/sister/neighbor/friend/someone across the street/what-have-you).
I'm not saying that the morality/honor codes justify censoring speech. What I'm saying is that IMO a call for ISP to "voluntarily" block speech (by way of blocking Tor) tend to have more gravity than the same call made in the western culture, even without dubiously worded laws and/or backroom deals.
You have to remember, this is Japan we're talking about, and have a different mindset than most western world. I for one like to see what those "voluntary" requirement will ensue, but I won't be surprised if the ISP cave in without having introducing any kind of law.
For example, there's a Japanese game modding forum which frowns, if not ban outright, foreigners. Why? Cos the "foreigners" by large won't respect the original mod author's wishes for not distributing/re-uploading their work, even if there's "transformative works" involved. As for the native, if the author say "jump", all will ask "how high".
Whether that example can be applied to this matter remain to be seen. But that example is inline with what I know about Japan's history.
Say that there's an "effective" ways to block Tor. What's to stop people to just abandon ship and use yet another anonymizer? Tor isn't the only one in the game, there are others. Then they'll be calling to block those as well, and people just pick up yet another one. This will go on and on until everything is blocked including legal channels.
The only sure way to stop crimes/abuse/cyber-blah is NOT having internet in the 1st place. Are anybody willing to make the commitment to obliterate the internet entirely "just for the children"?
I'd say enough is enough. Choose: either have unfettered internet or destroy it entirely. We can't have it both ways, and anyone saying there's a middle ground in this is delusional at best.
-- though it seems as if amateur blogs and the like often seem a lot faster about making corrections...
Well, to be fair, "amateurs" tend to be less multitasking, hence can keep a significant focus on the topic at hand. Hence errors can be more readily detected and rectified.
Pros, however, tend to multitask a lot, and focus are divided among several topics, and not to mention the "check and balances" guideline they must adhere, which tends to be much more stricter than those adhered by amateurs (cos their names depend on it). Errors are slower to detect, and once detected, there's the check-and-recheck phase. So, in terms of error detection and correction, "amateurs" tend to be more "agile" and "robust".
Of course this is an over generalization and simplification...