So if eBooks aren't real because they're not tangible books, then a parallel would be that Digital Music files aren't real because they're not tangible CDs/Records and Digital Movie files aren't real because they're not tangible DVDs/Blurays... ergo theft isn't real because you're not taking a tangible item and I shouldn't have to give real money.
Sadly, the longer they wait to change their business model and bring what the customers want to the customers, the harder time they're going to have as more people start to think that pirating is a legitimate alternative to paying.
Once we get to the point where we can create a machine that has self-awareness, Pandora's Box shall open and there's no way to close it.
It's human nature to do things for the sake of doing them. Not because we want to or because it's good for us, but because we can.
Someone, somewhere, somewhen out there will have the desire to program extinction-level traits into these machines just because they can and the Dominoes will begin to fall.
I really don't like the whole "If someone stole your [physical object]..." argument at all.
If someone took my house and left me without a house, I'd be upset.
If someone made a copy of my house as easily as someone makes a copy of a music file on a computer, I wouldn't even be miffed.
"it's the physical equivalent of the disproportionate legal punishment the music industry would like to see"
Let's hope they don't use the same team that handles their creative accounting or else a disciplinary slap will turn into homicide.
Damn Twinkies pirates, pirating their Twinkies, costing jobs and the collapse of the Twinkies industry. Without those pirates pirating their pirate Twinkies, the Twinkies industry would be thriving!
We must immediately pass a bill that makes it so Hostess can charge people for Twinkies licensing and live performance and distribution and mechanical and reproduction rights.
It wouldn't hurt to have timed and region releases either, to create artificial scarcity and increase profits.
Oh dear if ONLY they had some sort of lobbying organization to champion the Twinkies worker's rights. Won't you think of the dear workers! Slaving away making Twinkies for everyone to consume.
If people don't want to purchase Twinkies legally, then we must tax them for it. In fact, let's make Google pay Twinkies for everyone someone searches for Twinkies related information.
The internet and connection speeds have a mutual relationship.
As connection speeds increase, the internet grows to fill in around the new standard speeds. As the internet grows, the connection speeds need to be increased. As they are increased, the internet grows.
You only need to look at what the internet was in the early 90s and what it is today.
When we had slow dialup modems, websites were mostly like Geocities. Pictures were smaller, lower resolution because nobody wanted to spend 2 minutes downloading a full page jpeg. Streaming music was in low end midi format.
As our speeds increased, so did our consumption. Webpages blew up, images blew up, music blew up, the dawn of streaming video came upon us.
Who knows what the future of the internet holds? We'll never know if we don't invest in improving our connection speed or if we try to lock it down with rules and regulations.