View Poll Results: Do you think downloading movies and other content should be illegal?

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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    The problem is that it is quite easy to catch and show that someone stole something from Walmart while it is pretty much impossible to catch someone downloading things "illegally" unless they admit to it. First you have to link an IP address with illegal content. Then you have to show that the given IP address belongs to a certain computer. Then you have to show that the person you are accusing was the one that actually downloaded it on that computer. So in terms of practicality, it isn't really feasible (aside from very highly regulated networks such as college campuses or businesses, who knows who is in exactly what room and the IP address for every computer on their property).
    its not too difficult at all considering many people have static IP addresses and ISP's are more than willing to give out such information due to an investigation, warrant, or supoena. Usually they go after people who share intellectual prop rather than the people who d/load it.

    The only "solution" (if you could really call it that) is bandwidth capping, which is incredibly draconian given the fact that it can't discriminate between legal and illegal downloading/uploading. It's about on par with the current state of DRM with computer games. This is why we are seeing a shift towards ISP's being the new front on this ongoing battle.
    it is a very difficult problem to tackle. Past solutions have been fairly unsuccessful. However, cd-keys, online accounts, and other such things have been effective at the expense of a hassle ofr the user.



    What about making a copy of a CD and giving it to a friend? What about lending your CD to a friend? What about recording movies off television so that you don't have to buy the DVD's? To what extent is that acceptable? Where is this line you are drawing, and how exactly is it not arbitrary?
    this is outlined under something called "fair use". Wiki has a decent page on it.
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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by scourge99 View Post
    its not too difficult at all considering many people have static IP addresses and ISP's are more than willing to give out such information.
    The RIAA tried that already, look at the number of underage/computer-less, computer-less, and dead people they fingered.
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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    The RIAA tried that already, look at the number of underage/computer-less, computer-less, and dead people they fingered.
    I'm not aware of this. Link? I'm sure it happens. But this doesn't prove its not working. I

    I am however well aware of the people who have been successfully sued by the RIAA for sharing. Last time I heard the RIAA were using torrents to distribute music and when someone would download they would log the IP. Enough hits from the same IP and they would go after them.
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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    I voted 'other' in the poll. I haven't read through the whole thread and I've never really researched the issue in depth. But my feeling is that we're going to see our ideas about copyright and ownership of digitally reproducible intellectual property evolve dramatically over the next generation or two.

    The digital age will mandate this. Laws which are, for all practical purposes, unenforceable are useless.

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