Sunday, June 27, 2004

Film pirate worse than drunk driver...

I as this article about the senate passing a bill that sets up sentences of film pirates to be 3-5 years for the first offence, 10 years for second offences.

Yes, stealing is bad. Shame on you pirates.

But can it possibly be worse than something like drunk driving?

This is yet another sign of how congress is just a mouthpiece for big industry. In this case the film industry, which is making tons of money renting and selling DVD's. I'm not even going to go into the issue of how the movie industry is setting laws that restrict our fair-use rights.

I don't have a problem with the industry making money selling DVD's.

I just have a problem throwing so much weight behind catching someone filming a , especially when it's been shown that most of the illegal copies come from insiders, not joe-shmoe in the audience.

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