Maybe the title was badly chosen.
Each time I read something like that, I wonder if they really realize the cost needed to achieve efficient filtering.
Laws architected not be obeyed but to abused are totally unacceptable.
The pre-meditation is particularly worrisome.
So it's effectively a transfer of wealth from anyone who handles online content to the MPAA/RIAA.
Everyone really ought to be doing the same. Stop feeding the MPAA/RIAA.
1. When you don't pirate, at the margin you'll give some of your time, attention, publicity, and money to the sort of producers you want to encourage, which would've gone to Big Content, except only for the money.
2. People rationalize. It's what humans do. When you have a reason not to pay, to what extent is it the main reason? You're both setting up a constant temptation to lie to yourself and clouding your motives to others -- they have more trouble telling how seriously to take your stated reason.
(My Big Content disclosure: a netflix subscription and a very occasional DVD or CD purchase -- the last one was Game of Thrones. Haven't been to the cinema in several years and I'm thinking of dropping netflix. Oh, I do still buy plenty of books, though the internet has cut into that. Also, I hypocritically pirate academic books sometimes and do the same for papers with no compunction at all (edit: barring evidence the actual author cares). Maybe that should've gone first, oh well.
Pirating from people who I don't want to encourage, and paying people who I do want to encourage are not mutually exclusive actions.
When you have a reason not to pay, to what extent is it the main reason? You're both setting up a constant temptation to lie to yourself and clouding your motives to others -- they have more trouble telling how seriously to take your stated reason.
For one, I don't particularly care what anyone else thinks of my media consumption habits. I state my reasons for pirating content - if someone disbelieves me, that is their prerogative.. the goal of not supporting people who campaign against me is achieved regardless.
You may not care, but 1. People's opinions affect the fight; perhaps it's most of the battle. And 2. as a human you can't trust your self-perception.
In a world where I'd already watched Game of Thrones season 2 via torrent I'd still have consumed some of the other entertainments that I actually did, but less of them.
For clarification, since I seem to have worded that unclearly: if your protest is indistinguishable from simply being greedy, don't be surprised if your message gets lost. If you think it's worth protesting, go all the way. Otherwise how am I supposed to tell that you really think your reason to protest them outweighs—even to you—your reason to watch the stuff they create?
Sure I am. I'm protesting giving money to people who campaign against my interests.
Nobody (save for you) has said that taking a stand has to be an exercise in self flagellation.
The best solution is for these media companies to simply cease operations. The world will be no worse off if they just stop producing digital entertainment, a huge chunk of which is just propaganda anyway.
- never buy anything from a MAFIAA-affiliated company. If in doubt, I don't buy it.
- vote for the Pirate party at every occasion.
- encourage all my friends to do the same.
These politicians include Lamar Smith and former-politicians like Chris Dodd but there are dozens more.