GIThruster wrote:No offense, but this above is another example of what I've been saying over and over. Rather than look at the issue of internet theft, what this post does from start to finish is justify thievery. "It's okay to steal because. . ."
Well, fact is it's not okay. Your point is irrelevant. If you want to pursue legislature to remedy what you believe is this terrible evil in the world, then pursue it, but your observations even if granted as factual, do not justify theft, nor speak to the SOPA issue in any way.
I wasn't justifying thievery, I was just pointing out the rather sordid history of the creative industries for decades. The problem is that because of that long history, they don't have a leg to stand on. The creative industries have spent so much effort screwing everybody in sight in public for so long that they simply have no real credibility. They can scream "THIEVES" as long as they want, but people look at the images of huge mansions and expensive cars, followed by the inumerable stories of creative types being screwed over and in the end most people will just shrug and and think "so what." Nobody cares when the crook gets robbed.
Don't you care how these people treat the people who actually create things? Trust me, if you seriously are going to want to deal with these people, you will. Do some digging and look at how many people have been screwed one way or another over the years and the lengths the companies go to not pay what they owe. You have to think that those companies are run by some really badly twisted people.
Frankly though, I would much rather that thievery happen and some guilty escape than our constitutional rights under the first, fourth and fifth amendments be denied so that a bunch of greedy, rent seeking idiots can continue to leach off the people who are their customers and suppliers. The threat to our constitutional rights trumps any desire by any special interst, no matter how justified or how much lobbying money they have. If these people have amply demonstrated how untrustworthy they are, why should I, for even a second, trust them with my fndamental rights, protected by the constitution.