Let's not get carried away. I think twitch's point was: regardless of whether it's legal or not, it doesn't make economic sense, therefore it's "retarded" thinking anyway you want to look at it...It's part of my point.
The art of stealing, sometimes has nothing to do with the logic of why you are breaking the law in the first place--some people do it just for the kick of being able to do it. Like hackers or virus creators: they rarely if ever make an $$$ from their misadventures--it's more the joy of doing. It's my reasoning why movie and music makers put too much emphasis on preventing their work from being stolen rather than finding venues that can be profitable given the technology at work in their enterprise. Some will certainly argue the point, but until the industry comes to grips with the fundamental issues, they are doomed to keep trying to keep those that will do at any cost, what they do...\\
For example--rather than trying to put a thumb in the **** of cost free downloading of songs (Kazaa, Napster, etc.), the industry could have recognized the opportunity of creating specialized download sites with tremendous audio capabilities for $1 a song long before it came to this.
Same with DVDs and downloading of movies--it's coming, but too slow. Once the dual layer technology gets to be a $1 and the recorders cost $40, it will be too late, and I think most of you agree that this will happen in a year or two at most.