Originally Posted by bigbone61554
Things that are given to you have no value so I guess it stands to reason a person who didn't earn something sees no value in something someone else did.
That's true, but of course it goes back to what I was replying to. Your work for whoever you work for is 'given' to the company. They didn't do it. But your work still has value because you are legally protected. The only reason that music and movies are losing their value is because they no longer have the protections they are guaranteed.
And, what kills me is that people start talking about how these companies are buying politicians in order to get their legally guaranteed rights. But, copyright is one of the few such commercial protections that is actually in the Constitution itself. That's how important it was to the founders of this country.
If IP creators were getting their rights protected as they should be, then they wouldn't have to be putting copy protection on their movies, or at least would be a lot more relaxed about people copying them to disc and companies making the tools to allow that. But copyright law was never designed to deal with the current situation. It was created on the assumption that any level of theft that would be damaging would have to be done at a commercial level, and therefore would be amenable to legal attack via law suit. But now the situation has been turned on its head, and copyright as it stands is completely useless. You can spend $100,000 to sue one person, well whoopity doo. Not only is it not worth it, but you get accused of being evil for doing it.
Ultimately non-profit copyright violation has to move out of the area of civil law and into the area of criminal law, so that people will end up dealing with the police and FBI, not a law suit. It's crazy that you can go to jail if you go into a grocery store and steal $50 worth of stuff, but if you steal $5,000 worth of IP, it's likely little will ever happen to you, even if you get caught. And if something does, it's only because the folks you stole from spent $50,000 to make it happen. It just doesn't make sense anymore given the facts on the ground.