its cock on close design allows much higher rates of fire
Mind explaining this? Cock on close vs cock on open, taking advantage of the more naturally forceful movement?
There are a lot of things wrong with the American legal system, but its attitude toward free speech is not one of them.
there is no federal law against downloading
Of course there is. It's a copyright violation to do so.
The difference between uploading and downloading is that there are no statutory damages for downloading, only actual damages for the lost sale. So they could sue you for perhaps $30, but they'd lose money on every case. Uploading is subject to statutory (legally-defined) damages, which are quite a bit larger.
Oh, who am I kidding? The modern version kicks the old one's ass seven ways to Sunday. I've been an Internet user for over twenty years. Yahoo was amazing at the time, but Moore's Law reigns supreme, and thank FSM for that. akebono.stanford.edu, anyone?