Originally Posted by not spavin
While there's plenty wrong with this bill, the outrage to it gets on my wick.
If there's a better solution to the problem (for it is a problem) of illegal downloading, I'd like to hear it.
1. Provide better legal service for reasonable price. iTunes proved that people will download music legally for a reasonable price rather than illegally when it's made quick and easy
2. Stop loading legally bought products with drm. CDs and DVDs which dont play on computers, games loaded with dial home drm software. I have 3 games I bought then downloaded the hacked version of to get around drm so i could actually use them,
3. Stop trying to pretend movie and music piracy has, or is, hurting your business while you are posting record profits. People download things. People are exposed to said things. They either buy them or others do by word of mouth. Hell stop calling it piracy and write it off as the best spent advertising expense ever.
All in all stop trying to legislate to try to drag the last few pennies out of dead and dying business practices. Stop corrupting the entire political process by throwing more money at lawyers and political parties and having massively innapropriate laws passed because you fuckers know you can misuse them. Stop pretending people havent recorded shit off tv and radio, swapped amiga disks with friends and bought dodgy chinese copies of music for a lot of years, well before you were making so much money from them, shitty ringtones based on them, shitty tv programs finding people willing to sell their sole to you, and the myriad of other ways you have ravaged your customers for years.
That should cut it down some.
As far the government passing through a law in the dead of night that had little support, doesnt really understand what it is legislating and is already pretty much outdated and unenforceable, well, would anyone really ever think to themselves "No, I'm sure our elected representatives wouldnt do that"