French Copyright Holders Launch Massive Hunt for Illegal Downloaders

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PARACHUTEGOLD

This isn't about somthing as simple as "you steal you go to jail". This is about big businesses that are unwilling to adapt to a changing market leveraging political control in an effort to make innocent citizens foot the bill for thier "claimed" losses. Forcing ISPs to research hundreds of thousands of IP addresses will add significant cost to innocent peoples internet bills. Taxing the innocent to pay for the guilty is certainly no strange event for government. Truth of the matter is the RIAA purposfully disregards the money brought in from digital downloads when they decry thier massive losses. When the real numbers are counted up they are doing just fine.

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Mighty BOB!

This is their solution to the economy.  The ISPs will have to hire more people, thus making more jobs! :D

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schmitty6633

I dont see anything wrong with this. You steal you pay or go to jail. No matter what stupid comparisons or analogies people make its still the same basic idea.

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Zachary K.

yup, wish they would stop rationalizing piracy. you are stealing, you just can't bring yourself to say that.

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nealtse

I'm just waiting for this exchange to happen.

ISP: (in tears) "We've given you all the offending IP's we have!
Corporate Lawyers: "No!  There must be more!"
ISP:  "Then we'll just have to go after the innocent..."

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Sonickid101

150,000 IP adresses a day? If everyone in the population of france (65,447,374) has thier own internet connection (highly unlikely) then everyone will have received their first warning within 15 months, which means everyones internet connection within France could be cut offline within 4 years by their third warning doesn't this seem a little crazy to you? If this happened to any other utility people would revolt, what if they made a law for water that said you couldn't share it just like copywritten material, so after three strike of having shared your water with your friends or neighbors they shut your water off? Where does the line begin and end? Information should be like as Benjamin Franklin envisioned it, as freely available as air with short term monopolies on it to encourage innovation, don't share that air with your neighbors in France though they'll cut off your air supply with 3 strikes. Yes I know i'm being facetious about a serious subject but i'm exaggerating to make a point.

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Nimrod

Ied be willing to bet that ISP raise their prices because of this

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boodiespost

you STEAL you GO TO JAIL.  What?  Is that some new shit?  It's called the LAW and not a suggestion for a reason, there will be penalties.  

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Stomy

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Stomy

 

I'll be the first to admit that I rip my personal DVDs and CDs for my own personal enjoyment, but seriously people the movie/audio industry dose need to get paid.  Also Avatar is a Pocahontas re-skin get over it, hell not even that good of a re-skin, it's like the difference between a red and a blue murlock.