As far as I know, the MPAA/RIAA go after these folks, too. On the government side, though, things seem to bit more nuanced: I was in a workshop a couple of years ago with the federal prosecutor who handles high-tech crime in my region, and he indicated that they have little interest in prosecuting non-commercial infringement; there are other crimes which are higher priority to them. On the other hand, if anyone was engaging in some kind of commercial activity around the infringement (i.e.
, attempting to sell pirated movies, software and so forth) they would go after them and seek maximum penalties... in order to make an example out of them.
The solution, in any case, seems very simple to me: Don't take things which don't belong to you.
Whether that is a physical object (a disc) or something less tangible (a file) seems irrelevant to me.
My parents brought me up to respect other people's property, even if the other person in this case happens to be some sort of horrible company with a trade association that is less liked than blood-sucking parasites.
The secret to winning this war is actually quite simple. Don't pirate things. And don't buy them, either. That includes paying for paying for services like cable TV.
Fundamentally, this is an economic problem, not a legal one: You certainly cannot out-spend (including money spent on legislation and legislators) these creators of content you find so desirous. The only thing you can do to affect them is to vote with your dollars. If enough people choose not to pay them for whatever pablum they are offering, the content creators will be forced to seek new markets and methods of distribution, and that's when you'll get what you want.
I do occasionally watch videos on YouTube (my employer's are great, by the way) and some shows on Hulu (the free service, not the paid one). But, if there's something that's compelling enough for me to watch it in full, I'll get the discs for it. Frankly, though, I spend more time reading. And, yes, I have multiple residences so I have multiple broadband connections. Only one per location, though. Sorry if I was unclear on that.
Gary7, on 26 February 2013 - 09:56, said:
The problem is that nothing is done about the real theft. The Pirates that burn 1000 of those DVD's that you buy and sell them on the corner. So what to these geniuses do? Go after the the little guy, the guy that may not even be aware that what he or she is doing is illegal. I also see that you would rather watch Hulu or YouTube than have a TV. You also have multiple broadband connections. I find this very interesting......