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Old 24th June 2005 | Show parent
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🎧 15 years
zero tolerance on driving speed is much different from zero tolerance on illegal copying.
the latter is more like the drug scene, you have to deal with dedicated mafiosi.
you don't want your children (even when above 20 of age) who happen to have a few hundred songs on the HD that they don't listen any more, go to jail and be abused by HIV infested drug dealers and murderers, do you?
the majority of people driving cars are grown-up everyday people. these would obey to the policy. and you can't have someone else drive for you with a higher speed. still you have adolescent jerks doing all kinds of deadly races.

but with the copying biz, the big loss comes from the professional backyard factories. they take money from households, that is missing from legal trade and tax systems. I think it is most important to distinguish between professional "copy shops" plus street dealers, and illegal distribution as a hobby or act of "friendship".
professional copyright crime is similar to druck trafficking, and the state (any state) is simply much too weak to stop this. right wing policies made this worse by making the public sector neglegible, and drawing out from the state as much capital as possible. no money for health and social services etc. means no money for enforcing social behavior which paying for music is, eventually. instead, private security firms will play their games, and make billions while they terrorize everyday people and let the big animals go. just the same corruption up to the highest powers in the countries, same as with drugs.
breaking speed limits does not earn you money, and most people can live without drugs (i.e. can learn to), but music is everywhere in life. it is too dangerous to society, to connect it to crimes as bad as drug dealing and murder. then everything will be no more for the music, but for the money.

which were the years, when almost no drugs came out of afghanistan? the years of socialism, and partly the reign of the taliban. the anti-drug enforcement did not work because of its violence, but because the poppy farmers had something else to grow, and the system protected them from starvation and deadly competition. (you can make bread so you don't starve in such a region, but you can never make it competitive to a world market. but there is no other work to do - ok some make guns- , and the soil is just there and must never become a desert. today the markets of nutrition are ruined by foreign subsidies and "help", and poppy is the only chance of getting money to take part in the markets. of course it is a simplified example)

in a similar way, it seems that millions of people in the world live on the illegal copy business. it will be a VERY long way to provide them with a more meaningful and productive work. until that, I can't see any chance to reduce the share of illegal sales in content business. killing many thousands, or feeding them in jail (for tax money), just to bring the illegal amount from maybe 40% to 37% is just a crime by itself...
as soon as the copyright war has really started off, there will be many thousands of average youngsters, who might be caught in the net, as bad as with drugs.
doing a wrong step in this conflict, means to create another war scene in the streets, and another kind of household crime - just by declaration, with a whole new number of juvenile victims. for the sake of only a few percent of additional revenue (other than the promised 50% or so), just sign a few more laws...
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🎧 15 years
I have the feeling like meanwhile even the big chains can´t withstand the margins of bootlegs. While looking for CDs 4 weeks or so ago I saw CD covers which looked quite different from each other. Some looked like true prints and others of the same albums looked blurred and sallow like copied versions.

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🎧 15 years
We do in house small run duplication a DVD with case full color printing cost us under $1.00 each to make. All fully robotic so it labor is cheap. It looks pro so the bootleggers have all the tools to do it cheap.
I think duplators should be licensed and registered just like guns and cars.
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