Whether the tactic would be considered to have backfired depends on who organized the violence. Any violence works against the protesters, and US law enforcement has dirty hands when it comes to encouraging law breaking.
Funny thing about the example you went with even beyond the fact that 'steal' is still not the right term to use, unless the seat infringer takes the seat home with them when they leave. As you yourself note the 'seat infringer' might pay, not for the seat but perhaps food or something else. You've got their attention, and with that you still have a chance to get their money as well.
The person who 'does without' in that example though? The one who sees the price and decides that nah, that's not worth it, and as a virtuous upstanding citizen decide against the 'free version'? They aren't paying squat. They aren't paying for the seat, they aren't paying for the food, they're not paying for a shirt. They've moved on with their attention, meaning the chance of you getting any of their money has likewise gone.
The difference between someone engaged in copyright infringement and someone 'doing without' is that while neither are giving you money now, the latter is drastically less likely to give you any money in the future thanks to their attention having moved on to other things.
This is why I always find it funny when people respond to copyright infringement with 'If you don't like the terms/price do without!', as neither group is paying now, but the 'do without' group is even worse when it comes to possible future sales, making it a counter-productive argument.
Why in the heck would I give up anything that is both legal and good for me? Because you asked? Are you kidding? My suggestion: learn how to create something valuable and then use the laws to your benefit. Or, become an attorney or a politician, and take a serious crack at improving them. Who are you, anyway? A paid shill of TechDirt? The granter of "insight"? Foreigner, right? Not American (I'm just guessing).
Answer: I like it. Who are you, anyway? An American? An Attorney? A Senator, a Congressman? My bet is a foreigner, which is fine, be happy with your ideas. Go start a country with them, let us know how it goes. We're coming up on 250 years of the best country in the world. When you do better, brag about it. Until then, respect it, at least a little. About US copyright law, go ahead and attempt to improve it, if you actually have any ideas. I have not heard any that are fair to inventors. Got any?
Re: Re: Everything is easy and cheap when you don't have to do it
Once again: 400+ hours worth of video per minute.
What may be 'simple' for a few videos is anything but when you scale it up to that level, so you're not talking about 'a room full of people' but a massive system requiring various levels of review of enormous amounts of content.
There's also the problem of false positives, something that already plagues ContentID, a black or white 'Does X match Y?' system. Make the question a subjective one, 'Does X count as 'extremist' content?' and things would be even more insane.
It has never been about encryption per se. It has always been about power and essentially, laziness. Why actually investigate something when you don't have to? Easier to coerce a confession, false or real doesn't matter. Just a conviction. If breaking someones encryption is the easiest APPARENT way to 'solve' a crime, it's a no-brainer from the LEO perspective.
People need to remember, it never has been about 'justice', just closing cases.
There are still several bloggers contributing to Popehat. I believe part of the slowdown is how busy some of them are. Adam Steinbaugh (my boo) works for FIRE so that takes priority over contributing. Marc Randazza is busy translating more expletives into latin to slip into filings. (OHAI Marc) Via Angus is a bull on the run, so spotty net connection.
They are lawyers, and while we might want to read their takes on everything... they have people to represent to pay the bills.
There are several writers for TechDirt, and some of them we only see every 3rd new moon. People have lives & jobs and while TD is important to them, I doubt the secret checks from Google are making them rich.
Everything is easy and cheap when you don't have to do it
Along those lines, the recording and movie industries also make billions in profits, which means they too can certainly afford to 'hire a room full of people' to review DMCA claims before sending them out to make sure that they don't flag something erroneously.
If they can't manage that, then perhaps their business models are broken.
This is true, I just found this site by I just tried to get on my WiFi in London KY and FBI surveillance was on my WiFi list. It didn't say van just FYI surveillance. This is the second time I've seen this on there so I wanted to see if anyone else has seen this. I just hope it's not me they're after.