August 13, 2002
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Entertainment Industry wants to jail anyone who copies and shares copyrighted material. 1-5 years in a federal penitentiary for sharing a copy of pretty much anything.
posted by raaka (30 comments total)
 
Previously discussed here.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:04 PM on August 13, 2002


how're we all going to fit in there?
posted by NGnerd at 6:26 PM on August 13, 2002


I suppose I should sell my Sony Viacom Stock now while the stock is up. I can hardly wait for the backlash to hit on this...
posted by Elim at 6:51 PM on August 13, 2002


They'll never catch the Zerocool's of the world!!! ph34r the h4x0r 31337!!
posted by Dark Messiah at 7:02 PM on August 13, 2002


I think kids from all over America should go to washington, set up a LAN on the Mall, and share their mp3s in protest. Someone else organize it though, i'm just an idea man.
posted by condour75 at 7:12 PM on August 13, 2002


how're we all going to fit in there?

Easy, NGnerd, we just get to share a bunk with the guys who got 5 years for smoking pot.
posted by phong3d at 7:17 PM on August 13, 2002


It's just funny how some groups, certain industries, etc... feel like they should be the only ones to profit and take advantage of every digital. Digital is pure evil. But hey, don't blame me.
posted by Witty at 7:23 PM on August 13, 2002


The United States has one of the highest jail populations per capita in the industrialized world. Why do we have to put everybody in jail?
posted by ziklagz at 7:43 PM on August 13, 2002


I wouldn't worry too much about it, I imagine the FBI would be charged with enforcement... you know, the guys who blew up their own site.
posted by cedar at 7:53 PM on August 13, 2002


Why do we have to put everybody in jail?

Duh.
posted by Dirjy at 8:14 PM on August 13, 2002


You know, when you outlaw MP3s, then only the outlaws will have downloadable music...
posted by herc at 8:42 PM on August 13, 2002


I really do think massive civil disobedience is the answer. I mean, I am not, on my own, going to write to the RIAA and boast to them that I have swapped copyrighted files. But if 500,000 people (a small fraction of the actual number of people who have done it) all made such a declaration at once, and dared the RIAA and the FBI to prosecute,what could they do?
posted by Rebis at 8:44 PM on August 13, 2002


how're we all going to fit in there?

Inhale?
posted by y2karl at 8:46 PM on August 13, 2002


are the days of legislation without having a cute acronym gone? although i thought the bills named after the sponsoring legislator was pompous. i kind of miss it. if i go to jail i don't want the headline to read "birdherder caught in net downloading music"
posted by birdherder at 8:47 PM on August 13, 2002


They're having to turn the rapists loose to make room for the murderers, and they want to incarcerate thousands upon thousands because they download a U2 song?

I have a hard time believing that these people really buy their own rhetoric.

I wonder how many .mp3s they'd find on their own family room computer.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:55 PM on August 13, 2002


I just don't understand how this is even possible to stop. I don't understand how anyone can honestly think that people won't make digital copies of digital 'things'. You might be able to put a stop to services like Napster and the like... but come on. File sharing in general is what the net is all about... we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Resistance is futile. It's almost pathetic to watch the entertainment industry flounder and scramble for control.
posted by Witty at 9:03 PM on August 13, 2002


There won't be enough free people left to pay the taxes required to support us all.
posted by dopamine at 9:20 PM on August 13, 2002


I really do think massive civil disobedience is the answer.

Isn't that already the case?
posted by Fupped Duck at 9:28 PM on August 13, 2002


...
Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
you don't even flinch
all our taxes paying for your wars
against the new non-rich
Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
you don't even flinch
all our taxes paying for your wars
against the new non-rich
I buy my crack, I smack my bitch
right here in hollywood
The percentage of americans in the prison system
prison system, has doubled since 1985
...
I buy my crack, I smack my bitch
right here in hollywood
Drug money is used to rig elections
and train brutal corporate sponsored dictators
around the world
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
(for you and me to live in)
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
for you and me to live in
posted by delmoi at 10:08 PM on August 13, 2002


Anyway, they have plenty of room in jail.

And it isn't really accurate to say the US has the highest per capita imprisonment of any industrial country, we have the highest per-capita imprisonment of anywhere. Unless you consider 24 hour curfew in Palestine I guess :P
posted by delmoi at 10:10 PM on August 13, 2002


Finally, a way I can get thrown in jail without having to do something horrid, so I can get free health care and dental care for a few years. Oh yeah ... and three square meals a day as well! And I won't even have to share a cell with a murderer or rapist, as they will all have to be set free to hold everyone else. ::smirk::

And delmoi, I haven't seen anything about the US as it compares the the world (though I am sure we top just about everyone), but I do know that if Texas were it's own country, we would have the highest per capita imprisonment rate in the world.

The page I orginally got the info from seems to be down though. Too bad, it had all sorts of juicy prison statistics.
posted by Orb at 10:35 PM on August 13, 2002


"Previously discussed here."

Damnit. I did a search.

Anyway, BOYCOTT THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. Discover local actors, musicans and writers. Find indepedent art.
posted by raaka at 10:39 PM on August 13, 2002


are the days of legislation without having a cute acronym gone?

i think it got too difficult, now if you break a law you're just a terrorist. see how easy that works? you don't even have to know the law you broke, nor will you necessarily be told ;)
posted by rhyax at 10:57 PM on August 13, 2002


I think about the whole: Earth, it's inhabitants, the elements, intelligence, and the animals that live life how they have been for what seems like ever. Then I think about the outerspace people. I wonder how they would solve this problem of greed, which seems like the worst attribute we can muster. Well, that and ignorance. I mean, seriously though, doing time for listening to music that let's us breathe a little easier, think a little clearer, feel a little better? Is it all about the money? And why hasn't a meteor destroyed our planet yet? That might solve these problems? I say we revolt, '18th century style.'
posted by Kodel at 11:11 PM on August 13, 2002


Oh please do this. After a few high profile arrests everyone is going to pull their RIAA songs and only small non-RIAA artists will be left to promote on the internet through trading and internet radio. You know the good ones.

The RIAA will lose even more sales next year while people begin to build a more diverse non-Top40 music collection and enjoy 8-10 dollar concerts.

The RIAA will eventually disband as the labels it consists of are tired of the anti-digital party line and quit the association because of lost revenue.

Hey it could happen. BTW, the Cornelius show tonight was amazing.
posted by skallas at 1:00 AM on August 14, 2002


And every major prison will have a MeFi-Wing
posted by ouke at 1:24 AM on August 14, 2002




Convicted murderer: "So what are you in for?"

Me: "Zip files..."
posted by samsara at 5:28 AM on August 14, 2002


They say prison is the University of Crime.

Just think about all the warez tips you can pick up there.
posted by SpaceCadet at 6:28 AM on August 14, 2002


Why is it you always hear about the RIAA bitching about piracy, but you never really hear about the software companies (microsoft excluded) bitching about piracy. Every farker has photoshop 7, but i've never heard of adobe wanting to imprison them all.
posted by NGnerd at 9:16 AM on August 14, 2002


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