What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.
Theft is still theft, no matter how you try to rationalize it.
You just shared that comment. If someone finds it offensive GAS is shut down. That's what we're trying to rationalize to Congress. The only sense these bills make, is to make the supporters more money. Plain and simple.
Let me paraphrase what you just said, "What is good for the MPAA is good for America."
There's a reason I don't feel sorry for them. It doesn't mean they don't have a right to profit off of their work, but when you do this over an entire lifetime, it becomes a process known as patent trolling where a person can sit on an arbitrary concept for the rest of his/her life and block any competing ideas by those who want to take creative leases to it
This should help explain how far the process has gotten out of hand:
A brilliant analysis. This should be required viewing for every member of Congress and every member of the administration.
I've been labouring to confirm that the same metaphysical absurdities underpin the Canadian Criminal Code and have managed to confirm this in:
R. v. Ruzic, 2001 SCC 24,  1 S.C.R. 687
R. v. Bouchard-Lebrun, 2011 SCC 58
R. v. Chaulk,  3 S.C.R. 1303, at p. 1397
In Ruzic, the Court recognized that “only voluntary conduct — behaviour that is the product of a free will and controlled body, unhindered by external constraints — should attract the penalty and stigma of criminal liability” (para. 47).
So here we are; in Canada and the U.S. operating our Criminal Law on the basis of a highly contestable metaphysical assumption (absurdity). One which all scientific evidence and theory would seem to reject outright. Indeed one which necessarily departs with logic and observation all-together. Yet, we, as a populace overlook this grossly unjust and entirely speculative foundation of the entire criminal justice system and fixate instead on a singular threat to a narrow field within the entirely corrupt system.