Thanks very much for your thoughtful reply ~Crabby! It encouraged me to write some more!
As I was reading your reply, and before I reached the end, I thought about how people break the speed limit all the time and risk a ticket. As I finished I saw your little joke about driving faster/slower. Which leads me to the following, plus more…
Smoking and parachuting are pretty extreme risks compared to filesharing. People take TREMENDOUS risks every day. Driving a car is highly dangerous. In Israel the numbers killed by suicide bombers pales in comparison to those killed in car accidents–I think that last week 15 were killed, and hundreds injured in car accidents. I believe that in the U.S. about 6 people are killed in car accidents every HOUR! That’s 136 a day and 50,000 a year!
So out of 60 million filesharers, the RIAA can sue a few hundred. The chances of winning the various lotteries are MUCH better than that! And people play for years and don’t win or never win. Going to Vegas your chances are much better of making some nice profit.
The truth is that due to the sheer numbers involved, suing individuals is nothing more than a publicity stunt to get their voices heard and hoping that they will make their message clearer–that this is immoral and illegal and hurts artists and people who work in the industry “even the janitor”.
They also hope it will scare people who don’t know how slim the odds are. At the same time they know it’s bad business to attack their potential customer base, so they say that they are specifically targeting those who have a lot of songs on their drives. ie. “The bad people.” Realistically, a lot of people have a lot of songs on their drives–in fact the more they download the more songs become available–usually the download directory is the shared directory. So they hope that at minimum those that use the system a lot will get scared and remove the songs from their shared directory, and thus, if you get rid of the majority of available (shared) songs, the system will die by itself. This isn’t too realistic because most computer users have so little knowledge of these “technical details” they won’t do a thing.
They also hope that their protests will convince the government to create very tough laws which would help them, and also bring about more advanced technology to help stomp this out. (For example, this relates to Microsoft’s/Intel’s plans for a “Secure computing platform” (ie. Paladium) which will give them full control over what your computer will run or not–through hardware! (Only certified files/apps will work–making your PC into a sort of Sony Playstation). Of course this greatly conflicts with hardware makers marketing hype about computers making it so easy to copy content!
Hehehe, I can’t forget the recent infomercial I saw on ShopMSNBC where they were pushing a Sony VIAO system and making a big point that DVD X COPY Professional comes with the system, and you can so easily make a “backup copy” of your DVDs and mentioned you really shouldn’t run out to your video rental store and make copies of the DVDs you rent. Don’t forget that Sony is the owner of Paramount, so there’s a “self-conflict of interest” for you!
The FCC is already putting an encryption standard into HDTV which will let the broadcaster decide if you can tape the show or not! This standard will be mandatory for all manufactured HDTV devices. Why are the doing this? The FCC wants to ensure that the fear that people will copy and trade TV programs will scare off broadcasters and possibly end commercial-on the air free TV. Yeah, what a disaster–“Friends” will be traded on the net and this will cause NBC to quit broadcasting… Hehehehe. And oh, yeah, digitizing will be impossible (not), and “Friends” is only useful in high-resolution. (No, I do not watch this show–it’s just an example of worthless programming on NBC) :Z
Well, to finish off, here are some statistics with the chances of being killed in Israel vs. other countries, and a chart: (WEAR THOSE SEATBELTS ALL THE TIME!!!)