Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Mar 2012 16:43 UTC
Internet & Networking "The Pirate Bay is not only the most visited BitTorrent site on the Internet, but arguably the most censored too. Many ISPs have been ordered to block their customers’ access to the website, and recently Microsoft joined in on the action by stopping people sharing its location with others. Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger now refuses to pass on links to The Pirate Bay website, claiming they are unsafe." They refuse links to The Pirate Bay. In that light, here are a bunch of completely and utterly useless links to The Pirate Bay. And some more. And then some. Update: We have some more links to The Pirate Bay.
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RE[2]: Link ?
by silix on Sun 25th Mar 2012 15:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Link ?"
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Whenever we buy empty audio cds, we already pay a special tax because everyone is supposedly using those cds to illegally copy music.
there's something like that in italy, too - here it's called "equo compenso" (fair compensation or something like that)

I am not saying that piracy is ok or that piracy should be tolerated, but... either piracy is forbidden, but then we shouldn't be paying a tax every month on our tv or internet subscription, or either they insist on the extra tax, but then they cannot claim it is forbidden, since we already have to pay for it. Or is the idea that everyone sticks to the rules, but has to pay for the neighbour that is illegally downloading stuff?
look at it this way: if you commit a criminal act - eg a robbery - causing a damage to someone, it's no more just "between you and the law"
your crime shall be punished on its own (and you get likely sentenced to jail)
but otoh, the ones you've damaged also deserve to be compensated / refunded (and afaik you often lose or have to sell your belongings to repay them)

in the same perspective, taxes on internet connections and blank media serves to repay (in a forfait, by making everyone pay - not that i agree with draconian methods and this presumption of guilt... - with the side intention btw of turning the honest against the pirates, as someone once admitted) those (allegedly or actually) damaged by piracy
they're monetary compensation, not punishment, thus they dont make you less liable in front of the law for the civil (or penal, in some cases) violation...

Edited 2012-03-25 15:44 UTC

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