“I don’t think it has to be a commercial purpose in order for it to be destructive to those who are doing the creating … I think misses the point,” he said. “If I digitally unlock someone’s creation and I put it on BitTorrent, or I put it onto the web, or I circulate it with some friends in a university campus, whether I’m doing it for commercial purposes, for corporate sabotage purposes, for altruistic anarchical reasons that I think everyone should have it for free, the effect is the same.”
Perhaps he is right. Perhaps “file sharing” does as much damage as illegally reselling bootleg copies (it doesn’t by the way). But that still doesn’t explain why I shouldn’t be able to rip a DVD and put it on my iPod.
I guess, yes, it stops the movie companies from making a profit on me buying my “iPod edition” of the film, but why on earth should I have to purchase another copy? Wasn’t buying it on VHS, then DVD, then Bluray enough?
When will these idiots learn that they’re not stopping thieves. They’re creating a nation and generation of thieves.