Obviously you missed the part in the above article where the study is based on actual stock market event information and lawsuit filings. As opposed to the numbers that BSA/MPAA/RIAA use, where they can't even keep the numbers straight within their own articles. (Actual vs Potential)
Me: So you are suggesting that everyone should just bury their heads in the sand, ignore the laws of the land, and stop chasing law breakers? Nice! I'll be over tonight to steal your computer, because that is another law that isn't popular!
AC, OK so who exactly is ignoring the laws of the land? You're saying that you are completely ok with any federal agency making up threats to take assets away from people because they don't or haven't been given any actual evidence. Mind you, if there was evidence there would be actual charges against the people in question. The actions of ICE are puppet shadow tricks because they aren't even taking the servers, they're taking domain names. So there is no evidence being gathered, no probably cause being justified, and nothing being preserved for trial. So I ask once again... Who exactly is breaking the laws?
"When people start trying to hide things (like has happened with bit torrent protocols) and act like they are breaking the law, people tend to look over."
So you don't have a problem stopping using the AC handle and post your name, phone number, address? Because, you know, if you have to use the AC handle what are you hiding? Are you hiding from the police? I should turn in your IP address so they can track you because you might be a criminal of some sort since you won't post your name.
Outside of the fact that torrent seems to be more efficient method of distributing files amongst members of a team, I also encrypt it because it isn't anybody else's business.
Why do I have to change the way I do business because you are afraid that I might be doing something illegal even though you have no proof?
So the fact that Blingville has been around since 2004 doesn't pass the test? While the "moron in a hurry" might assume that blingville is right up there with farmville, the fact that they've been around prior to the 'villes would win in my book. Sorry Zynga doesn't have much of a case here.
"Effectively, it creates a one way street, where people can throw all sorts of wild claims around online knowing that they cannot be found, and that the service hosting their comments / content will block any attempt to find out who they are."
All sorts of wild claims like anything free is substandard, you can't make any money offering things for free, or that 'stealing' content is the same as stealing a car?