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RapidShare Urges US To Punish Linking Sites and Not File-Sharing Sites 167

hypnosec writes "RapidShare has said that the U.S. government should crack down on linking sites rather than punishing file-sharing sites and strangling innovation. The file-sharing site is understandably a little worried about the recent crackdowns on sites involved in or found to be promoting piracy. Daniel Raimer, RapidShare's Chief Legal Officer, is to meet with technology leaders and law enforcement at the Technology Policy Institute forum. Responding to a public consultation on the future of U.S. IP enforcement, the company emphasized that linking sites are the real problem. It wrote, 'Rather than enacting legislation that could stifle innovation in the cloud, the U.S. government should crack down on this critical part of the online piracy network.'"
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RapidShare Urges US To Punish Linking Sites and Not File-Sharing Sites

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  • by davidwr ( 791652 ) on Monday August 20, 2012 @04:49PM (#41059427) Homepage Journal

    Your post advocates a

    ( ) technical ( ) legislative (X) government ( ) market-based (X) finger-pointing (X) political

    approach to fighting illegal file-sharing over the Internet. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws.)

    (X) There is no centralized authority that will force people to carry out your plan
    (X) Your plan is incomplete or contains too much "needs to be further discussed." phrases
    (X) Requires a consensus on whether a problem actually exists
    (X) Requires a consensus on the definition of where the problem lies
    (X) No one can agree on the definition of the problem
    (X) Proposal is philosophically inconsistent in mulple places
    (X) Computers and frequently people can't tell if a copyrighted item is being hosted legally or not
    (X) The item at the end of a link can change over time

    Specifically, your plan fails to account for

    (X) Existing court decisions protecting the very activity you want to restrict
    (X) Scalability
    (X) Extreme opportunity for mischief when abused
    (X) Technically illiterate politicians
    (X) Stupidity on the part of some people who do business over the Internet

    and the following philosophical objections may also apply:
    (X) A near-consensus that the activity you want to restrict should not be restricted
    (X) Many people download illegally because it is not feasable to obtain content otherwise
    (X) If file-sharing ended tomorrow and everything else remained the same, gross revenue wouldn't increase all that much
    (X) Is this really the purpose of government?

    Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

    (X) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.

    Looking forward to similar posts by others who can do "funny" better than I can.

  • by spazdor ( 902907 ) on Monday August 20, 2012 @04:50PM (#41059453)

    OKAY EVERYONE, we just all need to stand in a big circle and each blame the person to your immediate right.

    Cops, please follow the chain of blame until you reach the end and find your culprit.

    It's the guy who posted the file! No, it's the guy providing hosting for the guy who posted the file! No, it's the blogger who posted the link to the file! No, it's the guy who reblogged the link! No, it's the guy who aggregates blog links! No, it's the guy who wrote a Google custom search which spiders links from those link aggregators! No, it's the guy who figured out that math can be used to obfuscate the "original source" of a data leak! No, it's the guy who came up with a distributed data storage model based on it! No, it's the guy who figured out that the Streisand Effect applies to every piece of published data! No, it's Barbra Streisand herself!

    ...And there's your culprit. Please go arrest Barbra and sue her for the RIAA's lost wages and in the meanwhile we'll just keep on copying like we always have.

  • Bad form (Score:5, Funny)

    by JDG1980 ( 2438906 ) on Monday August 20, 2012 @04:53PM (#41059473)

    Only a united front can beat back the MAFIAA. Winston Churchill's statement on appeasement seems apropos here: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last".

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 20, 2012 @05:19PM (#41059859)

    Sir, I would mod you insightful if I weren't absolutely disgusted by the undercurrent of truth in your words.

    As it is, I cannot be positive towards the truth you have unfolded as it would require re-examining my own responsibilities as a potential file-sharer, as well as giving some in-depth thought to more than just a few current business models.

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!