At 1/20/13 04:07 PM, Iron-Hampster wrote:
The owner of that site hasn't expressed that the purpose of his site is software piracy.
But he knows that a large percentage of the traffic will be pirated. Feigning a lack of knowledge is not a great defense. If Dotcom actually wanted to be legal as opposed to making a pro-piracy statement, he'd merely restart Megaupload and create a fairly strong copyright division that actively monitors for piracy and removes files as well as users who post them.
His new scheme is nothing other than thumbing his nose. It's hardly a good faith effort.
We don't know the extend he/she is going through to avoid legal trouble, maybe they are going to do what youtube does and remove copyright infringing content when asked to? maybe they are going to use their terms of service so hand the liability over to the users?
You can't just hand over liability like that. Like with the dogfighting ring example, if he has a place that is prime dogfighting location and he knows it will likely be used as such, him merely saying "do not use it for dogfighting" doesn;t completely shield hi, and as well it shouldn't. A half-hearted warning/shifting of liability should not be all that is needed to allow someone to profit off an illegal enterprise without any recourse.
some people lie.
Some people lie, yes. But not asking if willful blindness.
At 1/20/13 04:49 PM, poxpower wrote:
This just cannot be applied to the web.
How? If Dotcom has good reason to believe that his site will be used for extensive illegal activity, merely saying "please don't be bad" is not enough. And, you can be damn sure that he knows his site will be used for piracy. He's a tech guy who is more than old enough to remember Napster, Kazaa, Morpheus, DC+ and so on. I seriously doubt he's smart enough to build this site and yet too dumb to realize how these sites have been used since their inception.
You can't track every file on youtube or every comment on FB, combing it to see if someone posted something stolen. It's madness.
Facebook, youtube, and other big sites have entire departments devoted to not only responding to copyright removal requests, but actively seeking out copyrighted material. The penalties for violating these rules on these sites can be severe (account deletion).
You cannot stop all piracy, but at least these sites make a darn good showing that they try to be compliant.
It's over, people can share things, the end. This is Drug Wae 2.0 where huge corporations dump money on legislators to try and pass insane laws that make them money while persecuting 99.99% of citizens.
How is attmepting to stop theft a persecution?
The downsides of making piracy / sharing legal and unpoliced are infinitesimal compared to the upsides.
Exactly how so?