In which I argue for developing alternatives to SOPA even if you don't think piracy is a problem...
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- Hey. I was just reading your post (on TLF) as I was writing mine (Piracy is the Creation of the Content Industry). My position is that the content industry is creating piracy by lobbying for favorable legislation giving them special rights.
You asked what could be done to solve the piracy problem. My response - restore copyright to its original term of 14 years plus a renewal period and a lot of piracy will disappear. That is a solution that can be implemented.
In reading your post, I think that the discussion neglects the whole issue of civil liberties and due process. Yes someone has a debatable "right" to protect something that belongs to them. What they don't have is the right to figuratively break-into someone's house and turn-it upside down in a search for infringing content. I also do not think that third parties should be forced to protect a special interest group. Due process, as a concept, seems to be disappearing
Both the content creator and the buyer of the content have (civil and property) rights. Laws designed to serve one special interest group while diminishing the rights of others are wrong.Feb 15, 2012