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My take is that the hollywood elite and producers don't like it when someone is making money for nothing on their products/merchandise, and I kind of agree with them on this. Pirating is illegal; you can't really say it is not.
So, he has to be punished, right? I agree that some of this is stupid, it is, but ultimately you can't pirate stuff that is not yours to sell.
My take is that the hollywood elite and producers don't like it when someone is making money for nothing on their products/merchandise, and I kind of agree with them on this.
The trouble is that that's not what I'm talking about.
I'm talking about morons who can't even make good movies, TV, or music are acting like they own the world, and people/governments are letting them get away with it. The Law is being perverted and abused far more by the morons than by the pirates. The cost to the taxpayer of piracy is 0, but taxpayers all over the world are paying millions upon millions to sponsor the morons' witch hunts.
These perversions of the law do not benefit the people, and they do not help individuals or small companies to retain their intellectual property; they just give more power to the morons.
Handling copyright issues was always very simple: if someone rips off your work, you get a lawyer and sue.
Nowadays, if a corporation rips off your work, you have to just let them keep it -- there's no way you'll get them to cough up, because you have to pay for everything yourself, and they've got way deeper pockets (which are being refilled with money that rightfully belongs to you).
But if someone sort-of-but-not-really rips off a corporation (in a way that makes the corporation more money, by the way), the corporation can persecute them to their heart's content, because the taxpayers -- i.e. you and I -- pay for it.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I have no issue with major corporations going after pirates or thieves. I am a capitalist, so I have no problem with corporations making money off of bad movies and films, etc - it's relative and opinionated.
The law is the law, if you steal you get punished, at least that is the way should be.
Now, you are so upset about this, that if I didn't know better, I would think you were a pro-pirate supporter. Just saying...
You know, Sweden is a really booring country. For good and for bad.
We have extrordinary few elemental disasters. Or any other disasters.
Which of course is a problem in itself, because when the sh*t does hit the fan, no ones prepared, and the blaming circus will start.
My cousin has been a firefighter almost his whole grown life (soon going into pension).
Until this date without any bigger mishaps, but the knowledge that the next alarm can be the last will always remain in the mind.
In many parts of the world bushfires have become ever more frequent and intense. We have them every Summer (and in Winter an inquiry) and last year a number of lives were lost. Firefighters work is becoming more dangerous as these fires get worse. Waroona Fires[^]
Glad that you have remained unaffected.
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
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