William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!
Copyright infringement can be one person's music collection, or it can be a massive infrastructure that permits wholesale stripping of legitimate intellectual property rights.
And sorry for your lack of historical perspective, but in fact it is a danger to society, even a true one.
But oh yeah, metafilter, I forgot. A bunch of people who make their livings from creative work and intellectual property rights who think other people's creative work isn't worth a shit.
Anyone who thinks Kim Dotcom is a folk hero probably deserves a session with the storm troopers.
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