Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Jailed For Private Use?!

In Germany you can now be put in jail for TWO YEARS for downloading music/movies for PRIVATE USE (Five years for commercial use).

"GERMANS risk two years in prison if they illegally download films and music for private use under a new law agreed yesterday. Anybody who downloads films for commercial use could be jailed for up to five years.

The measures, some of the toughest in Europe, were announced after an aggressive campaign by the film industry in Germany, the largest market in the EU and one of the most computer-literate populations." (source)

This law makes no sense. What if you already have the CD or the DVD and you just want the MP3 or want the file on your laptop...how is it stealing then if you already bought it?

...Maybe if there were actually 13 good songs on a CD people would buy it instead of downloading the ONE or TWO decent ones. Maybe if most films weren't crap these days people would pay to see them in the theater (after watching 45 minutes of commercials after paying $10 to get in...) I don't think anyone is feeling sorry for Tommy Mottola in his tricked out Bentley...

(H/T: tesco)

Speaking of downloading music...S.O.D. "Speak English or Die" and Samhain "November Coming Fire" are both posted over at 100 records. Oh yeah, you can download anything you want don't download anything 'cause that would be wrong.

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