Originally Posted by thehun
I guess SOPA isn't really needed after all, other then to control our lives of course. Now the RIAA says piracy is a threat to national security. What a douch.
Look at the numbers. SOPA clearly is needed, or something similar. Adele's album is considered a monster hit today, when during the 90s it would have been not even in the top ten some years I believe. Theft is decimating the music industry, and acting like one uptick (which is only an uptick because it's been so bad for so long) means that the industry is crying wolf is just wrong. They ahve every reason to cry wolf, because something is chewing their legs off as we write. Every new baby born is born into a world where people have been stealing music (and software and movies) for so long and with so few consequences that a lot of people seem to think it's a human right today.
Anyone who thinks that this is not try cannot have spent any time reading comments on threads like these in forums that are not well moderated, or on Youtube. Clearly entire generations of kids believe that they have the right to take whatever they can find on the internet, and anyone who tries to stop them is a corporate fatcat, even when they are stealing from completely independent or indie artists. It's the standard downloader's mantra that they throw out any time someone calls them on their clearly immoral and destructive behavior.