"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
One of the advantages of being famous and wealthy is that you are in a much stronger position to resist things about society you dislike.
If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
Thing is, I can leave, say, a record collection to someone, in my will. As mentioned before, IP rights seem to revolved around physical property. But that is kinda bunk, because, records are worthless. If there was no INFO stored on them, what are they? Just disks of vinyl. It is the information stored on them that you want, that you have purchases a right to, not the vinyl itself.
I would argue that the same holds true for mp3s. If I buy a backup drive, and store all of my music on it, the content on the drive should not dictate to me what I do with that drive, the physical piece itself. I own that. And if I want to give it away to someone, that's my business.
This is why I don't buy my music from Itunes. This is why I will continue to "cheat" record companies out of money. They need to resolve this crap, and quick. They've been dealing with it for well over a decade now, and are still just "staying the course".
I say tough **** for them.
"Half full or half empty doesn't matter. What matters is, you've only got half a glass...so what are you going to do about it?" - Me
At best you can claim the Sun did its usual "hatchet job" with the truth, and I would agree... Willis is not sueing, but there is a rumour that he is thinking about it.
But in the end it is in many ways irrelevant, since it does bring up the problem.. you dont really own your digital downloaded content... and that is a problem.