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 Because, as we all know, protecting failing and outdated business models is more important than upholding stodgy old and annoying concepts like 'freedom of speech'.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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RE: Pirate Bay must be blocked
by transami on Mon 30th Apr 2012 16:34 UTC in reply to "Pirate Bay must be blocked"
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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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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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