Today I'm mulling over that whole Ashcroft situation. I saw him on cspan last night. It was disgusting. He called people who use p2p clubs and thieves etc etc etc. What I find interesting his the insistance that these items were stolen.
Well, ok...wait a second. First of all what about first sale doctrine. If I purchase a movie, I can give away... as long as it's on the disk.
second of all and most importantly... what about the AHRA. Time and time again, I see people ignoring this. Why! We need to expand the knowledge of this act. People, you need to know.
The Audio Home Recording Act is there to allow users to copy music for personal use. So, fine then, Ashcroft. Go after the movies but don't touch music. We are protected.
A computer is not a device specifically designed to copy movies. If it were, then the user could be fined or in violation of the AHRA.
If your computer is not specifically desinged for certain purposes, which most computers are not... then music sharing is perfectly legitimate. Ok... there are ethical things involved and there is the balance question, but really, we need to address those in an appropriate manner, not go after people with criminal or civil charges.