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  • Aug 14th, 2012 @ 3:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Jail (not really)

    The Jersey thing was a joke, of course. The truth is, they really do send me in before the lawyers because I'm the nice guy. The next step is always up to the client but, more times than not, a lawsuit is filed if someone continues to repeat.

    In the counterfeiting world, we're dealing with real organized crime, which is my primary focus. Piracy is normally fandom gone awry. Although I know many good folks at the RIAA and MPAA I have my issues with their methods.

    I love discussing this and think more in my industry need to have open discussions. So, please engage me more. I'd love to keep it going.

  • Aug 14th, 2012 @ 1:54pm

    Re: Re: Jail (not really)

    It happens. But the law is the law. People understand that.

  • Aug 14th, 2012 @ 1:06pm

    Jail (not really)

    Hey guys, thanks for the feedback. By *no* means do I believe putting good people in jail is a good thing. But, just like with parenting or traffic tickets, there are constructive ways to punish people to deter future bad behavior. Now, many people in my industry have gone way too far (so I apologize for them). Suing granny for millions isn't the answer, neither is locking up a kid for a few songs.

    If you Google articles about me, you will my method of "killing piracy with kindness" is quite rare. Mainly, we find out where you live and reason with you in person. Deterring bad behavior, more often than not, begins with a polite conversation. Of course, I'm from Jersey, so a "polite conversation" can take many forms. ;)

    As far as jail is concerned, think of it as like getting a DWI. Selling counterfeit goods is a felony. Spending a night in jail, getting a bail bondsman, having to hire a lawyer, and appear in court is often enough to make people quit.

    I hope that clears up your questions.