Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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Well, except that nothing is really taken. It is just duplicated. And if someone couldn't afford it anyway, there is also no loss of income.

You're taking someone's work without paying for it. If a company goes bankrupt from everyone taking their work without paying it doesn't matter if it was digital or stolen from a factory.

If I invent a cure to a disease and some company takes my work by duplicating it without my permission, was there no loss because nothing physical was taken?

Most services can not be copied without cost.

A service has a cost, hence the fact people charge for them. Or do you think that skipping out on a cab bill is not a form of theft since nothing material was taken?

Of course. If a study does not agree with you, it must be stupid or wrong. Have you considered the possibility that it may actually be true?

The study was likely performed by people that have an agenda, which is common in the social sciences. Even if people had their music purchases tracked (highly unlikely) they would still have to be told that they are being tracked which would compromise the results. The only way to effectively perform such a study would be to spy on people.

Total nonsense. According to your definition I pirate (except that downloading is legal in our country, and I am not looting ships). I spend a substantial amount of my income on copyrighted material. E.g., last month I bought:

That's called anecdotal evidence. Piracy is nothing new and the main reason people do it is because the pirated copy costs nothing.

The world of goo was only $20, had no DRM and yet still had a 90% piracy rate.

If piracy was tacitly legal everywhere as it is in China that rate would be closer to 99%.

There's a clear correlation between high piracy rates and low enforcement levels. Your case has no bearing on that correlation.

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