A traitor to what exactly?
Yeah, traitor to what exactly? Is he a traitor to United States by telling American public how the government is harming the country by secretly running an unconstitutional police and surveillance state?
Well being of a country comes from strength of the people, not of the government. Where government is far more powerful than the people, you get countries like Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. If that's your ideal form of government, try living there first.
Unlike what seems like a large portion of Slashdot, I don't think there's an ethical defense for piracy. However, the punishment ought to be proportional to the egregiousness of the offense committed. The massive settlements against people who weren't infringing a lot of content is absurd. And there's no reason to disconnect people from internet access for piracy, either temporarily or permanently. That's ridiculous.
I'd suggest that for the casual offender, the maximum settlement should be the larger of 1.3*(retail price)*(number of proven downloads) or, 10*(retail price). Let the much larger settlements only apply to the most egregious offenders.
There is an ethical defense of copyright infringement as well. That is unreasonable copyright terms made into laws by lobbyists, that do not take into account public interest. How is the duration of copyright for 50-100 years AFTER author's death acceptable? Even patents last just 20 years. Where is public interest in the insane $150,000 penalty for copying a single movie? So if the industry has no shame in abusing the legal system through bribes to make profits and intimidating citizenry, then public likewise should have no shame in invalidating such abuse.
This is the attitude I don't understand.
If you don't like big-budget Hollywood movies and prefer independent films, that's cool. You can watch plenty of independent films online and offline. I take a similar tack with software - I don't care for how Microsoft treats their customers, so I don't use their software. I've been using open source for decades.
What makes no sense is "I love $200 million cinema spectaculars so much, I'll steal them to make it more difficult to fund the next one."
Ah, isn't it the same hollywood who bribes legislators to extend copyright to 70+ years after death and penalty for copyright violation to worse than assault? Does that seem like good ethical behavior to you?
I say fuck hollywood. They turn our government against us, so I do whatever I can to hurt them financially. It probably doesn't make any difference, but those crooks deserve no sympathy.
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