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Re: when did piracy/theft become expression of freedom
From: Christian Sciberras <uuf6429 () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:17:01 +0100

Uhm, that was a ridiculous situation anyway (@illegal primes).

So lets leave it at 'not necessarily'.






On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM, Mike Hale <eyeronic.design () gmail com>wrote:

Not necessarily.

Look at the effects of people posting DeCSS and the HDDVD keys a while
back.

The industry ended up giving in precisely because people said, en
masse, "fuck off".

On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM, Christian Sciberras <uuf6429 () gmail com>
wrote:
No, it follows the fact that vengeance (the "fuck you" Byron mentioned)
isn't fruitful to remedy the situation.







On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM, Mike Hale <eyeronic.design () gmail com>
wrote:

What you said doesn't follow.

Making a digital copy isn't burning down a business.  The analogy
linking 'piracy' with theft is ludicrous.

On Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 11:50 PM, Christian Sciberras <
uuf6429 () gmail com>
wrote:
Byron, you don't protest to the government by burning down
100-year-old
business, if you know what I mean...





On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM, Byron L. Sonne <
byron.sonne () gmail com>
wrote:

The thing that makes me laugh about all of this, and one of the key
things I learned from reading Gibbon's Decline & Fall is this:

The number and frequency of laws passed regarding things directly
relates to how widespread these things are, and how they much the
laws
are ignored and ineffective. Laws can't prevent a damn thing, they
can
only specify remedies. As it is said, "it's only illegal if you get
caught".

The cat is out of the bag and will never be put back in. There's no
way
to stop people from 'illegally' copying copyrighted material.

If they somehow managed to require and implement tech so that perfect
digital copies can't be made (unlikely) then people will simply use a
camera to record the video as it plays on the screen. Hey, wait a
minute, that sounds just like that screener I downloaded someone
taped
in Russia! ;)

If they manage to require and implement tech so that you can't trade
it
over the internet (unlikely) then people will simply trade it on
private
networks or, like we used to do in the old days, via sneakernet.

The problem is that in an attempt to control the dissemination of
copyrighted material (and people are right, artists do have a right
to
reap the benefits of their effort) the powers-that-be are stepping
over
the line and into territory that impacts our ability to communicate
in
the fashion we choose.

It might be fine to try and prevent piracy but in the process of
doing
so you are trashing the other desires of people that have nothing to
do
with piracy.

I'm sure if the copyright lobby had their way, they'd require us to
wear
special glasses in order to see our laptop screens, on the assumption
that anything not explicitly licensed was assumed to be unlicensed,
and
thus pirated, which we would be blocked from our field of view... and
as
a result, some girl/guy who wants to write a simple freeware text
editor
now has to jump through regulatory hoops and spend money to obtain a
special registration that allows their text editor to display to the
screen. This is a cheesy example, but I think it makes the point.

In the guise of 'protecting artists and businesses' what is happening
is
that the powers-that-be are requesting (and too often getting) powers
that allow them to trample on the general idea of freedom of
communications and other things people cherish.

As a result, people are inclined to engage in the very behaviours
that
elicited the laws and crackdowns, quite simply, as a way to raise
their
middle finger and say "Fuck You".

This is when piracy and theft becomes freedom of expression - when
it's
done in protest.

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