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Comment: Re:Producer or consumer? (Score 1) 177

by Barnett (#38144608) Attached to: Viacom's SOPA/PIPA Pitch Video, Annotated

It is clear to me that you are desperately trying to justify to yourself that your piracy is only aimed at hurting those "large evil faceless corporations." It makes you feel less bad about it. Worse, you probably convinced yourself that you are the good guy. The truth is that you are just a common criminal, stealing from real people trying to make an honest living.

Yes, mod me down again. It will make you feel better.

Comment: Re:Producer or consumer? (Score 1) 177

by Barnett (#38139920) Attached to: Viacom's SOPA/PIPA Pitch Video, Annotated

Without piracy there would be a lot more content producers, more competition amongst them, better and cheaper content with less restrictions. And people with jobs instead of being pirates.

The sad part is I think you actually believe that.

I know, it is not your problem. And you don't see how it could possibly ever affect you.

Comment: Re:Producer or consumer? (Score 0) 177

by Barnett (#38139628) Attached to: Viacom's SOPA/PIPA Pitch Video, Annotated
When did people stop recognizing intellectual property rights? Is this really how people feel about intellectual property these days? Are you also saying that software has no real value, just because it is easy and cheap to copy? Are you also suggesting that the whole software industry just "give up and move on to something else"?

Comment: Re:Producer or consumer? (Score 1) 177

by Barnett (#38137690) Attached to: Viacom's SOPA/PIPA Pitch Video, Annotated

A great deal of economic value of anything is related to how scarce it is. With the world now capable of digitally replicating so many things, those things capable of replication simply aren't scarce anymore.

Intellectual property does have value, and there is a great demand for it. If that was not so, then there would be no people stealing it. But piracy is like a positive feedback loop. It causes more and more creative people to just give up and exit the market, making content even more scarce, expensive and restrictive - just increasing piracy further. In the end there will be no more quality content, because there is no-one left willing to work for free.

Without piracy there would be a lot more content producers, more competition amongst them, better and cheaper content with less restrictions. And people with jobs instead of being pirates.

Comment: Re:Producer or consumer? (Score 1) 177

by Barnett (#38137332) Attached to: Viacom's SOPA/PIPA Pitch Video, Annotated

Farm produce is physical, and you can protect your field physically from stealing in ways that do not affect the legal end-user of your product.

Not really. If the thieves have enough fire power you won't be able to stop them. The only reason we don't have anarchy, where everyone just take everything that they want, is because we have government, police, and the law. Why should the government protect the farmer but not the artists?

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