Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Nov 2009 17:39 UTC, submitted by Tom Curtis
Legal As regular readers on OSNews will know, I'm quite opposed to the concept of post-sale restrictions, but also the insane countermeasures undertaken by the film and music industry against individuals who illegally download content. The reason I'm so opposed to these things is not because I approve of the act of illegal downloading - no, it's all about the slippery slope effect.
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RE: Duuude!
by Praxis on Fri 13th Nov 2009 18:17 UTC in reply to "Duuude!"
Praxis
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2009-09-17

The issue is that a wifi network serving a small town that is used to give citizens of that town access to this increasingly important resource known as the internet was shut down because of the actions of the mpaa. This is like shutting down the schools because one kid got caught cheating. A private organizations shouldn't be allowed to punish such a large group of people because of the actions of one individual. Furthermore illegally downloading stuff is a civil matter between the downloader and the mpaa, not a criminal offense.

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RE[2]: Duuude!
by Tuishimi on Fri 13th Nov 2009 18:52 in reply to "RE: Duuude!"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

This is like shutting down the schools because one kid got caught cheating. A private organizations shouldn't be allowed to punish such a large group of people because of the actions of one individual.


No it is not, really. The internet is still a "luxury" not a necessity. The private organization probably, simply pointed out that a government entity was allowing illegal activities to take place on it. And as I stated before, that is a big no-no. It's the government, they uphold the law, they implement the law... to have laws being broken on something they maintain is just plain wrong.

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RE[3]: Duuude!
by Kalessin on Fri 13th Nov 2009 19:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Duuude!"
Kalessin Member since:
2007-01-18

So, because someone informs the police that someone was speeding on a particular road, the government should close down that road?

No, the person who downloaded the movie should has no right to do so. They are doing something illegal. However, shutting down the service simply because one person used it to break the law is stupid. Did they honestly expect that no one was ever going to use their network to illegally download something? In this day and age, it happens all the time. It's not good that it's so common, but to really expect that no one is going to at least try to illegally download something on a public network of any size is just naive.

People shouldn't be illegally downloading anything, but the RIAA and the MPAA have too much power and continue to cause trouble for people who actually do follow the law. Shutting down the entire network because of one person is as stupid as it would be to shutdown a road just because one person used that road for illegal activities. It's just stupid and punishes many people who did nothing wrong.

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RE[3]: Duuude!
by darknexus on Fri 13th Nov 2009 19:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Duuude!"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

really. The internet is still a "luxury" not a necessity.


Not all that long ago, in terms of history, the same was said of schools, or indoor plumbing, or any number of things we now define as necessities. What is necessary changes with the time and society in which you live, and while the internet is not there yet it very likely will eventually be considered as necessary as schools in the future. If we take the word "necessity" literally then it only includes two things: food and water.

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RE[3]: Duuude!
by DrillSgt on Sat 14th Nov 2009 17:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Duuude!"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

No it is not, really. The internet is still a "luxury" not a necessity. The private organization probably, simply pointed out that a government entity was allowing illegal activities to take place on it. And as I stated before, that is a big no-no. It's the government, they uphold the law, they implement the law... to have laws being broken on something they maintain is just plain wrong.


Actually it is a necessity. With the economy as bad as it is and rising with numbers of people out of work, they need to look for jobs. Did you know that to apply at a grocery store even you need to fill out the application online? To work at Walmart, you need to fill out the application online? The same is true for McDonald's even. You can no longer walk into a place and ask for an application, as they now tell you a website to go and fill out an application. Being in that situation myself I have learned how necessary it is. Now granted a person can go to the public library possibly, if they still have a home address that is.

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