"do any of these people think copyright infringement should be legally treated as theft"
If only. IN Oklahoma stealing anything that is worth less than $500 is a misdemeanor with a punishment of a $500 fine, up to a max of 1 yer in prison, or both. So if someone stole a cd from Walmart, I doubt they would be going to jail and might get off with a warning. But heaven forbid you copy that cd or you are looking at about a million dollar fine.
The only real piracy immune music format will never happen because no one would use it. It requires people to travel to an approved listening room. Before they are allowed to enter, they must be strip searched for audio recording equipment. Then they are allowed to listen alone and a barren room.
Completely 100% piracy free. But it would never succeed.
Regarding your 4th point there, that all depends on your Congressperson. My US Rep Tom Cole has ignored almost every email I have sent him. On the other hand, Senator Inhofe will almost always send me a form letter that was churned out after pushing the email through a key word search. Finally Senator Coburn has always responded with a personalized response, probably written by a staffer but never a form response, within a month of me sending the email.
Three different Congresspersons, three different reactions to email.
The best villains in any media are the ones that truly believe that what they are doing is the right thing and the best thing to be done. They do not consider themselves evil, but as agents of good doing the work needed to make the world a better place.
But they don't get paid royalties on the code they wrote 50 years ago. They get paid on their investments in the companies they built up which are still massively profitable and making money today. That is the difference.
Re: look at what is messing up our current situation
The problem with Telco competition is that it is not a startup friendly business. The costs associated with creating a telco are so insurmountable that you need a very large upfront investment to do it.
There are some solutions to this, but few are going to result in cheap internet for communities.
One possible solution, and probably the best solution at this time, is for communities to pay for the costs to lay the fiber, then contract access out to any company that wants to set up service. All the local government would be doing in that case is maintaining the integrity of the lines. Private businesses would be handling the actual service. This scenario is much more friendly to telco startups.
Biden isn't the only one in the administration making hypocritical statements like this to other nations. John Kerry had this to say to Iran over its election practices.
“The Council narrowed a list of almost seven hundred potential candidates down to the sort of…officials of their choice, based solely on who represents the regime’s interests,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters during a visit to Israel.
“That is hardly an election by standards which most people in most countries judge free, fair, open, accessible, accountable elections.”
Not really a smart thing to say when the US's presidential elections are stacked against everyone but the two duopoly candidates.
There is a level where teachers have guns. It is unlocked after playing the level with the sword. Unfortunately, the game is programmed insomuch that the teachers are worse than Stormtroopers when it comes to shooting things. I was shot at twice and both times the teachers missed at close range. Seems that the designer was making a political statement with that too.
The sad thing is that the scenario you describe happens on a regular basis. It is called civil asset forfeiture. Cop pulls you over. Asks to search your car. Finds a wad of money. Takes it because the money must have been part of a drug deal. You are free to go.
Pachter is such an idiot. He keeps getting trotted out by the games industry as the know it all analyst but it is statements like the one above that reinforce my belief that he isn't worth his weight in lead.