GIThruster wrote:So you want to go on record that you support making it easy for people to steal what is not theirs, because they're stealing from "rich people"?
Tell us, do you download movies and music that you know you're supposed to pay for, and yet don't, because you know you're only stealing from "rich people"?
And tell us, how is it people keep pointing us to these links about the bills and yet we're not seeing what the bills actually say?
Looks to me like thieves supporting thievery.
You're forgetting that SOPA will easily make it possible for entities with some modicum of legal wherewithal to STEAL from the public domain. Rest assured, a lot of the political force for the passage of SOPA has in mind the ever encroachment of "ownership" against the public domain.
Your definition of "steal" encompasses the ever increasing legal, not moral definition of "ownership". That definition will continue to expand, driven by the the financial benefit of that encroachment, not *anything* moral. Your position supports the thieves, NOT the innocent and victimized public domain.
It's is a short step from SOPA to where powerful political entities shut down sites that compromise their image. It terms of IP, Currently owners of IP can ALREADY have their IP withdrawn, and may or may not choose to do so. What the heck is wrong with that?