quote: That being said we all know that illegal use or distribution of copyright protected works is a crime and it always will be a crime because you are stealing. This will not change. The only debate is over the punishment.
quote: Obviously pirates haven't heeded the message so far so it's only appropriate that the ante be upped until most of them buy a clue. Five years mandatory prison and a $10K per copy fine should be the minimum punishment. Just the fact that some folks are opposed to this punishment means it has a good chance of being more effective than the current slap on the wrist punishment.
quote: Punishment is meant to be a deterrent for braindead people in denial. Five years and $10K per copy should make a few more people pause and re-think their actions. If they are dumb enough to violate copyright law then they are dumb enough to spend five years in the slammer. I have no sympathy for idiots who create their own problems.