Originally Posted by Zon2020
I agree with you completely up until the last line.
And those idiotic laws are being passed by representatives that we elected and that in 90% of the cases we will re-elect. We get the (dysfunctional) government we deserve.
As to your last line, it's a theft of intellectual property. It's no different than shoplifting the physical disk from Walmart.
IP 'theft' is the same thing as copyright infringement. Its not theft as defined by law. And it is completely different than stealing physical property in the eyes of the law as well as how most people view it.
The fact is laws are passed with no input and no oversight from citizens. Our elected officials owe nothing to us, they simply do what they are told by the lobbyists, and collect their bribes and campaign funds. There is a very good reason finance reform laws will never pass in the US. There is no transparency in govt operations and Congress can do whatever it wants when they please.
The legal system is designed with the following goals in mind -
1. Make the laws obscure enough and vague enough that a normal citizen has no hope of understanding them
2. Make the laws broad enough that almost everyone is guilty of breaking the law no matter what they are doing.
3. Make elected officials, the police/judiciary, and the rich/powerful exempt from said laws. Thus they are allowed to break the law and feign ignorance.
4. Allow govt agencies to incriminate/prosecute anyone for any reason without needing evidence.
Media is controlled by the same corporations that want these laws, so no wonder no one knows about them (outside forums such as these). Your daily news will cover Kim Kardashian's dress before they say a single word about SOPA. People still live under the illusion that 'if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide', which is not only wrong in principle, but opens the door for more censorship.