Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 15:25 UTC
Legal "File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled. The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly-pirated free music and video. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent their users from accessing the site." Because, as we all know, protecting failing and outdated business models is more important than upholding stodgy old and annoying concepts like 'freedom of speech'. Repeat after me: we live in the free world, not China. Maybe if we say it often enough, we'll start believing it.
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Pirate Bay must be blocked
by Alex Hitech on Mon 30th Apr 2012 16:23 UTC
Alex Hitech
Member since:
2005-12-29

Well, I strongly support this solution of British court. Since Pirate Bay helps users to violate existing laws, it must be blocked.

Rule with no exceptions: if you're not satisfied with existing laws, you must change them first. Any other activity is violation, and should be punished.

People must learn that freedom of speech does not equal to anarchy.

Lately, this site expresses strong decline into propagation of free source and data sharing and criticism to those who disagree with this position. It slowly builds in me tention to remove this site from my RSS subscription list, because I think sharing is evil and wrong, while copyrighting and IP protection are good and needed. Free data sharing will destroy existing economics, both in entertainment and in software development. Guys, socialism is proven to be wrong, — Thom writes about China in this very post, — thus the only working economy model survived is capitalism, so stop spreading the evil infected ideas about sharing and start patenting.

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RE: Pirate Bay must be blocked
by transami on Mon 30th Apr 2012 16:34 in reply to "Pirate Bay must be blocked"
transami Member since:
2006-02-28

You go too far in the other direction. First of all, "evil" is a ridiculous word to use for an economic system. Secondly, capitalism can easily become even more "evil" (to use your word). The current U.S. patent system is a good case in point. It has been completely "bought". This happened when Bush ordered that the USPTO had to operate at a profit. The free-market is a great thing, and we need more of it. But don't tote it around like a religion. It has it's limitations too.

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terrakotta Member since:
2010-04-21

Free market is a good thing, no matter what. Patents and copyright stand in the way of free market, they surely ain't helping it and cost a forturne, making goods more expensive and stiffling innovation in the same time. It should be a governments goal to help create more free market in markets where there currently is none, due to natural monopolies(can't be helped that much), or artificially created mono/duo/tri/...polies (patents, copyright...).
Of course there's such a thing as wanting some fairness for someones' work but our economies and livestyles are currently based on exploiting cheap labour (think of clothes, cell phones and other fun gadgets that people in low cost countries have to work for to barely survive), so don't try to take the moral highground against so called freeloading pirates.

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RE: Pirate Bay must be blocked
by eldarion on Mon 30th Apr 2012 17:19 in reply to "Pirate Bay must be blocked"
eldarion Member since:
2008-12-15

Since Pirate Bay helps users to violate existing laws, it must be blocked.

So does google.... In fact, so does 90% of TV movies and books. So we should ban those as well!

if you're not satisfied with existing laws, you must change them first. Any other activity is violation, and should be punished.

I completely agree! Because obviously the voting system works.

I think sharing is evil and wrong, while copyrighting and IP protection are good and needed

Exactly! Why would anyone share a book with a friend? Let him buy a copy, so he can help the economy.

Free data sharing will destroy existing economics

I wish you are saying the truth... I really wish this "economy" would end once and for all. Let's be serious here, the "economy" system that we are living on is not that economic, right? I mean, everything that we buy today is built to last only the time until the guaranty expires. How this relates to economy? Our "economy" is based on selling more and more, so that we keep growing economically. That's impossible, like the reality shows us.

Edited 2012-04-30 17:21 UTC

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

The only way to change them is to break them.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Aye.

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