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  •  While I agree with some of what (2+ / 0-)
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    you posted. The bottom line is  piracy is illegal.  There is no amount of rationalizing or innovating that can get around that cold hard fact.  Until the laws catch up to the new technology it is very hard to innovate when half your income is being stolen.

    Right man, right job and right time

    by Ianb007 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 10:35:40 AM PST

    •  Bullshit. Those numbers being thrown around (5+ / 0-)

      by the RIAA and MPAA are bought and paid for think tank fakes.

      And some recent studies have shown that piracy actually increases sales.

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      by The Dead Man on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:00:45 AM PST

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      •  It is fundamentally flawed logic, (3+ / 0-)
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        ...unbecoming of any academic, to assume that:

        1 illegal download == 1 lost sale

        "the tranquilizing drug of gradualism" - MLK

        by 3rdOption on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:19:27 AM PST

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      •  If you believ piracy increases sales (0+ / 0-)

        then music business sales numbers should be going thru the roof. Instead it's less than 50% of what it was in 1999. And you accuse the RIAA and MPAA of throwing around fake numbers?  lol  

        Anyway i don't really engage piracy deniers.  Every single congress person, all senators the Chamber of Commerce AND the afl-cio  and the Whitehouse acknowledge that piracy hurts american workers and businesses.  That's why a bill addressing the problem of these rogue sites will be passed sooner or later.

        Maybe the NFL Should black out one quarter of the super bowl and run anti Google pro SOPA/PIPA adds.

        Right man, right job and right time

        by Ianb007 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:35:32 PM PST

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        •  That goes to the second part of my letter (2+ / 0-)
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          Which is the industry itself is to blame for only allowing formulaic, pre-masticated crap to be heard.  If they want to sell things, let a million flowers bloom.

          And don't charge $18 for a CD.

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          by Wintermute on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:47:08 PM PST

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        •  Let Julian Sanchez blow a hole in that argument (0+ / 0-)

          and edumacate thine head:

          The International Intellectual Property Alliance—a kind of meta-trade association for all the content industries, and a zealous prophet of the piracy apocalypse, released a report back in November meant to establish that copyright industries are so economically valuable that they merit more vigorous government protection. But it actually paints a picture of industries that, far from being "killed" by piracy, are already weathering a harsh economic climate better than most, and have far outperformed the overall US economy through the current recession.  The "core copyright industries" have, unsurprisingly, shed some jobs over the past few years, but again, compared with the rest of the economy, employment seems to have held relatively stable at a time when you might expect cash-strapped consumers to be turning to piracy to save money.

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          by The Dead Man on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 01:15:01 PM PST

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    •  Half your income? Not even MPAA believes that (2+ / 0-)
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      martyc35, esquimaux

      The number being thrown around is $10 billion per year, which sounds about right to me. I say that's a cheap price to pay for freedom of speech. Many Americans have died for it.

      Beyond that, for just $1 billion per year, MPAA could hire lawyers in Tuvalu and Zambia and 200 other countries, and lobby foreign legislators just like they do ours, to enforce copyright laws overseas. They're doing it this way because buying 535 congresscritters is cheaper.

      We are all in the same boat on a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. -- G.K. Chesterton

      by Keith Pickering on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:20:06 AM PST

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      •  All types of numbers are being thrown around (0+ / 0-)

        I was referring to the Music business in particular.  The sales numbers are down over 50 % from where they were in 1999 and they employ about half the people they did in 1999.  Those aren't studies those are real numbers.

        Right man, right job and right time

        by Ianb007 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:37:58 PM PST

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