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Re: "My dad is a pirate."

From: Billy Ray Balzak
Subject: Re: "My dad is a pirate."
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:49:00 -0500

"El Tux" <nope@spamsucks.invalid> wrote in message">
> On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:19:37 +0100, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
>> El Tux wrote:
>> [... Dowling v. United States, 473 U.S. 207 (1985) ...]
>> Oh dear El Tux, that (1985) was long before December 16, 1997, when
>> President Clinton signed HR 2265 -- the No Electronic Theft Act -- into
>> law.

> Dear Alexander, that doesn't matter in the least because we're
> discussing concepts here, not legal definitions

It's the law that matters... not some screw-ball concepts you use to try 
and justify your thievary.

> which, BTW, tend to
> use common words in uncommon ways. The poster cited a USSC judge's
> comment to support the *concept* that file-sharing is stealing,

Yes. It was a recent comment from just a few months ago.

> and I
> quoted another to show that not all USSC judges share the same
> view.

Your quote was from 1985... long before this was an issue.

> Simple black-and-white cases rarely make it to the USSC so it's
> commonplace for the justices to disagree with each other. One can find
> a quote to support either side of just about anything that's been
> brought before the Supreme Court.


> As for the No Electronic Theft Act and the later DMCA, voters never
> asked for either. Those were all but written by the music and movie
> industries and rushed through by their pet politicians. I do not
> believe these laws represent the will of the American people and
> neither, apparently, do most of the American people. The rather high
> percentage of the population that's engaged in file-sharing, the
> surging sales in portable media players capable of holding ten times
> more music than the average American buys in a lifetime, the high
> demand for terabyte hard drives, and the strong demand for ever-faster
> broadband all suggest that if we put it to the voters, they would
> repeal the DMCA and NETA,

And if "slavery" were put up for vote in the 1800's most voters would be 
against it. There are times when elected officials need to step up and do 
the right thing. Even if theives like you, spike and ignoramus don't like 

> explicitly legalize file-sharing, and
> probably make some other long-needed changes in copyright law to
> restore its original purpose of stimulating artistic and scientific
> creativity.

What "most people" want doesn't matter. The government does what is legally 
correct. "Most people" would have preferred slavery. "Most people" don't 
want 100's of millions of dollars going to Isreal each year. What "most 
people" wan't doesn't matter.

> If you want people to respect the law, then they must first be able to
> respect the process that created it.

Surely nobody respects a pirate thief like you. But go ahead and keep 
scraping the bottom of the barrel looking for pathetic excuses to justify 
your immorality.

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