Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:09 UTC
Legal Despite doing what I think are some great things for the American people, the Obama administration has a dark side. Joe Biden and many others on staff come straight from the RIAA camp, and it shows. Today, the Obama administration disregarded every US law relating to theft and copyright by stating that piracy is "flat, unadulterated theft".
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RE: piracy is theft
by sorpigal on Wed 1st Sep 2010 14:29 UTC in reply to "piracy is theft"
sorpigal
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We all like free stuff but how many would feel happy if they invested a lot of effort (e.g. to develop music, or a novel, or a program) only to lose on potential revenue due to illegal copying and distribution.

There are risks in any investment. You, as the producer, must assess those risks before you begin and take in to account those risks when you decide on a price. Don't produce anything if you cannot expect a profit *despite* copyright infringement and don't sell your product at a price where you cannot expect to profit *despite* copyright infringement. If you do you are a fool and I'll take my free copy, thanks.

Also, I'd like to single this out:
only to lose on potential revenue

You do not have any legal protection for potential revenue and you should not have such protection. If we had this I could say that I might start a band and it might become popular and I might produce an album and it might be pirated by you and I might therefore have lost revenue, so pay up. Once you get in to "potential" it becomes a mad-house, you simply cannot go there.

either way you are stealing revenue from the producers of such content

I sometimes go over to the house of a good friend of mine and listen to his albums. He's not paying anyone a performance fee. I'm not paying anyone. I am, clearly, stealing from the artists. Right?

Don't agree to terms preventing you from playing that music file on a different device than what you paid for? Then don't buy the damm song in the first place. No one is forcing you to purchase them.

I agree entirely. I don't purchase them, in those cases. In those cases I infringe some copyright and bypass all such agreements. Glad to know you approve.

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