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People that don't get it..........
Hardly anybody here is trying to justify theft of copywrited material, so please, for the love of God, stop using that tired argument. What most of us here are pissed off about is the RIAA and how they are attempting to enforce copywrite laws. If anyone entity is costing the "starving artist" you so proudly claim to defend it is the RIAA, not 14 year old Johnny download.
You have failed to answer several questions I have put forth to you so i will ask again:
1) Where in a large ISP's TOS does it specifically say it has the write to monitor what files I chose to upload or download?
2) What is to become of these "fine" that the RIAA collects from these lawsuits? Will any of it actually make it to the artist that has been robbed? If not, this is not justice, it is extortion.
3) How can you possibly justify a $10,000.00 fine for a single mp3? I'm sorry but the punishment has to fit the crime.
4) Why should I need to give up my right of privacy for an issue that while I agree is illegal, is far from life threatening and almost downright trivial ( my opinion only).
You seem to be stuck with the belief that anyone attacking the RIAA is automatically a thief. This is hardly the case. As I see it the RIAA is an archaic, bloated, overbearing institution that has no business dictating to me, or anyone else for that matter, how the law should be enforced. That doesn’t mean it shouldn't be enforced at all, however. Yet to assume the RIAA is acting only on behalf of the artist ( if at all) is what really is asinine. There are much better ways to achieve what the RIAA is only pretending to achieve but they are to blind to see it.
P2P isn't going anywhere, like it or not, it cannot and will not be stopped. If you think it can or will you are delusional. So, what do you do? Give the people a better, more legal option. If the RIAA had any sense at all it would open/create its on download sight much like the Itunes site. It could charge competitive prices on a per song basis maybe even offering a discount when an entire album is downloaded. These downloads could be tracked and the artists compensated quickly and accurately. Prices could be set by current released material costing a premium ( say like $.50 a song ) with older out of print material being offered substantially lower ( maybe say $.20). Such a model ( while admittedly crude ) would not only offer a legal alternative but would still offer a source of revenue to artists/bands no longer releasing new material.