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Comment Re:Now if only they ask for proof. (Score 1) 114

Do you really think that's more likely than the defendant just stealing some music?

Actually someone coming up and getting on your wifi and downloading music is much more likely than you breaking into a major label's office and making a copy of the source files for the song, deleting them behind you.

Or perhaps you meant to say "More likely than the defendant just committing copyright infringement" Theft has a definition, it is not synonymous with copyright infringement.

Comment Re:Hooray, Slashdot! (Score 2, Insightful) 114

The litigation is questionable and is used as a means to threaten thousands of people (some innocent) into simply paying up by settling which most would have done. It's a business model, not trying to right a wrong. The fact that alleged copyright infringers may not see the inside of a court room due to it is secondary.

Comment Re:Hrm (Score 1) 338

I apologize, it appears you brought up "Criminal Copyright Infringement",which this case and the overwhelming majority of copyright infringement cases aren't, while the standard for this sort of case has been substantially lowered (in 1909,1982 and again in 1997) you aren't going to see that many of those cases for people infringing by file sharing.

Comment Re:Hrm (Score 1) 338

Again you are mistaken. Copyright infringement is a civil matter and is why the plaintiff is a private person or organization instead of the government or "The people". There are many federal laws that cover civil matters, it's not a new concept. Here is a link that better goes into the differences.

As for your delivery, pull the stick out of your ass, being told you are wrong isn't the end of the world, welcome to the internet.

Comment Re:Hrm (Score 1) 338

Copyright infringement is not a crime, it is a civil matter.

You are a victim of the industries use of words such as "Theft" and "Pirate" (War crimes on the high seas, yar!). You have associated the sharing of information with a crime. Which is what the copyright industries wanted, it pushes the debate in their favor and allows them to further push around grandmothers who never installed "Kazaa" as well as lobby politicians for protectionist laws that overextend what copyright and patents were originally for, "[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts".

Comment Re:Historical perspective (Score 1) 686

Thomas Edison's Patents are the reason Hollywood exists. Studios fled to California where enforcement of those patents wouldn't happen and by the time US Marshalls got that far out the patents had expired. Every major organization that now heavily relies on IP was a "pirate" at one time or another.

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