Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Nov 2011 11:15 UTC
Legal While the US is still pondering SOPA, we just got some absolutely fantastic news out of Europe. The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, has just ruled that P2P filters installed by ISPs violate the European Directive on electronic commerce as well as fundamental rights [full ruling]. This is a hugely important ruling that effectively protects all member states of the European Union from ever being subjected to ISP filtering and spying.
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Regarding the fight against piracy ...
by WorknMan on Thu 24th Nov 2011 14:25 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

No matter what anybody thinks about it, as long as content exists for people to copy, they will do so. (This is why I never attempted to make a living by trying to sell something that can be copied an infinite amount of times for $0.) Eventually, I think content owners will just give up and stop fighting a battle they can never win. Because when it comes to 1's and 0's, once you release it into the wild, you don't own it anymore. And no amount of bitching and trying to pass laws to the contrary will change that.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

They'll have to regularly *shock gasp horror* perform to make money.

They'll live.

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NuxRo Member since:
2010-09-25

They'll have to regularly *shock gasp horror* perform to make money.


Here here!

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tanishaj Member since:
2010-12-22

They'll have to regularly *shock gasp horror* perform to make money.

They'll live.


Thom, I am anti-patent, pro-P2P, and download my fair share of content. That said, I do not think that full-scale endorsement of the idea that all digital content should lose copyright protection makes much sense.

For example, if I write software for a living, how exactly do I "perform" to survive if all my customers are getting my product for free?

Part of the reason that I am so happily anti-patent for software is that copyright protection is enough. Without copyright, I am not sure my arguments make much sense.

By the way, my favourite software license (even for my own stuff) is ASL. So, it is not like I am one of those "all software should cost money" guys. Clearly though, if I am creating something of value and hoping that the fruits of my labour will feed my family, it would be an injustice to allow others to legally take it from me without any compensation.

You can argue that music recordings are viral advertisement for live performances. That seems less true of software, movies, and other stuff.

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