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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Don't exaggerate, now. In most cases, the penalties for file sharing dramatically exceed the actual damages done to content producers and distributors -- and, never forget, a pirated song does not necessarily equal a lost sale, and therefore does not imply harm to the distributor. If we had short, reasonable copyright terms -- like, say, five or ten years, long enough to recoup production costs and make a tidy profit -- and if the penalties for content piracy where much more in line with the actual harms (i.e. maybe $100 per song, at the outside), then I think most people would be O.K. with things. It's the abuse and corruption of IP law, and its flight to extremes that I think most people have a problem with. Nobody's demanding the abolition of private property -- well, most of us aren't.

tldr; can you say "strawman"?

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