A couple of things to think about...
I have read all of the posts on this forum, and thought I would run some ideas out there. First, let me say I don't support the selling/buying of items that are not legally obtained by the seller. I wanted to clarify what it means to commit a crime of "copyright infringement". This act is committed by recording,downloading programs,movies,music,data with the intent to sell or reproduce to sell said material. Thus causing loss in revenue / profits of said producers of such item/s. Now to say that p2p sharing is illegal, is saying that if you/I were to buy a game from a retail store. We wouldn't be allowed to take said game to your friend or families house and let them play it. Now you/I could play it ourselves, but if we let them play then we are breaking the law. Just as if we were to download a music file from Itunes and let others hear it. That as well would be illegal . Now you ask "Why would that be ?". The answer is simple, you shared a product with another person/s who didn't purchase the right to the product or use of said product . If we are going to use this rule then in fact that shall change everything we do in everyday life. ie.(riding in car you don't own,watching your neighbors T.V for super bowl, eating your g/f fries, playing poker on sat. night. unless you all bring your own deck. etc.) So many things can be affected by a "sharing law". Now the companies will say " We are losing billions to piracy and pirates are making off with it.". Well that is absurd, Who in the right mind is gonna pay for something they can get from their friend down the street for free. Now I do agree if your selling /buying bootleg stuff that is on you but , you can get it on the net for free from your friend . Another point I want to bring up these site megaupload,piratebay,btjunkie and so on and so on . These sites were not funded on the sale of pirated products. They made money to run by who? You guessed it ADVERTISERS that want to sell would be visitors products. Every site has them and relies on them to exist,coding is not free, power is not free, food is not free. So Advertisers make money and pay sites to host their ad or banner on said sites. The officials have not held any of them responsible for funding said "illegal activity" but, if I were to fund drug dealers,car theft,bank robbers. I would be an accessory to the crime and go to jail. Why, you ask ? These same Advertisers make money and that money comes with TAXES wich goes where? The Goverments pocket. No one in congress on any level would jepordise their stocks in said companies. Now to answer the original question " Should an ISP have any say in what you download or upload?". The answer is NO. What I use the internet for is my own damn bussines, If i want to watch 50 hrs of porn a week, so be it . I want to find out if the moon landing was real and want to download a video of it . If I want to share my Game i bought with my Facebook friends, so be it . If law makers want to take away our freedoms , then I say we the people take back our country AGAIN!
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