Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2012 09:51 UTC
In the News "Over half of PC users worldwide have admitted to using pirate software last year, according to a study by the trade group Business Software Alliance. BSA's ninth annual Global Software Piracy Study has shown a sharp increase in software piracy, especially among emerging economies. In the UK, more than one in four programs users installed in 2011 were unlicensed." If people decide en masse not to adhere to a law, said law is worth about as much as the paper it's written on. Laws become functional not because of the Queen's signature, but because the people decide to adhere to it. It's becoming ever clearer that as far as digital goods go, the law is not functional - for better or worse.
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RE[2]: Comment by Alex Hitech
by looncraz on Tue 22nd May 2012 15:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Alex Hitech"
looncraz
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Spot on!

It is also why juries have the power of nullification.

That way they can find someone to have done the crime, but deem that the punishment is likely too excessive to warrant a conviction - or outright to deem the law as unsound. It doesn't set a legal precedent, but it can cause a chain reaction nevertheless.

Most Americans don't know of this because it is against the rules of the court to inform the jury of their rights if you are the defendant. Problem is that means NO ONE informs the jury of their rights and so jury nullification only occurs very sporadically.

Then, you have two competing ideas as to what jury nullification means. In one train of thought, the judge can over-rule it... which, to me, seems to completely defeat the purpose of a jury!

Judges are fighting for the prior train of thought, of course, because they don't like the idea of having to 100% accept that the people (represented by the jury) have the power to over-power their laws, rulings, and legal precedents...

If I were in charge, I'd create a video to be shown to each and every jury of each and every size to inform them of all of their rights, powers, and privileges. I'd also permit & encourage the defendants to argue directly in favor of the use of jury nullification.

We would see FAR fewer cases where uploading a single CD lands one with even just thousands of dollars of penalties!

--The loon

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