Oh look. Google is keeping its ill gotten gains from advertisers who are selling fake IDs, fake passports, drugs etc. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16468846
Perhaps the internet is peopled by such a bunch of cowboys that SOPA cannot be expected to work and needs to be policed by professionals.
The 17.5% is actually stolen. In your business if you are robbed do you report it to the police or do you prefer to remain an anonymous coward.
I have not said SOPA is perfect, but I do say that just as copying DVDs is a federal offense which can be punished by jail, then it is also the case that internet piracy has the same possible consequences - without any change in existing law.
Great rhetoric. Do you believe that those who steal intellectual property deserve to go to jail? I have yet to find anyone (beside myself) on these comments who is prepared to say this. Are there any people here (beside myself) who create intellectual property that might get stolen by a thief?
I respect your right to remain skeptical of the numbers, but do you believe that stealing intellectual property should possibly lead to jail time?
As I read a majority of posts on this site I find no support for the protection of those who are creators.
"Personally, I believe no copyrights were ever stolen via the internet or any other means...".
So you wish to state that nobody has ever copied a film from a DVD or copied music from a CD. And in this "innocent" fantasy you wish to maintain that there is also no theft on the internet.
As a 2011 study by Envisional, conducted at the request of NBC Universal, reveals, “across all areas of the global internet, 23.8 percent of traffic was estimated to be infringing.” In the United States, the report estimated that 17.5 percent of Internet traffic was infringing.
Imagine if 17.5 percent of the work you did was not paid for - would you be "happy" to incur that loss? SOPA may not be perfect but the easy alternative is a Government run agency to track down the thieves. OMG jail time for criminals - what a concept. SOPA is actually far too tolerant of crime.
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