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 Because, as we all know, protecting failing and outdated business models is more important than upholding stodgy old and annoying concepts like 'freedom of speech'.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[4]: The two extremes
by kwan_e on Mon 30th Apr 2012 17:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: The two extremes"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

Depriving somebody the profit of their work is theft.


And this is why more and more companies are moving to abolish the practice of resale. Anything can be argued to be "depriving somebody the profit of their work". If I buy a game second hand, it's depriving the game company of the profit they may have had if I bought a new one.

What about the actions of companies who deprive themselves of their own profit? Many media companies don't distribute overseas even though there is almost no cost for them to do so. Research clearly shows people would be willing to pay if something was available.

What about research that shows "piracy" actually increases sales, and that "pirates" tend to buy more than the average person? Should they then be compensated by the media companies for doing the opposite of depriving them of profit?

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RE[5]: The two extremes
by chmeee on Mon 30th Apr 2012 18:27 in reply to "RE[4]: The two extremes"
chmeee Member since:
2006-01-10

If a company does it to themselves, that's their responsibility.

Ends don't justify the means. Never have, never will.

"The wrong thing done for the 'right' reasons is still the wrong thing." (attribution unknown).

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RE[6]: The two extremes
by kwan_e on Mon 30th Apr 2012 19:39 in reply to "RE[5]: The two extremes"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Ends don't justify the means. Never have, never will.


And you can say the exact same thing about this whole copyright nonsense.

This is why, when principles fail (as they invariably do), we must stick to scientifically verifiable facts. Fact is, small time piracy does not affect profits, and in many cases contributes to profits.

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