bhonda - 2:41 pm on Jul 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
I do agree with you. But, I still think this latest action is chasing the wrong people.
"Sorry, Graeme, you only get half the salary this month because some pirates raided the office last night and nicked some of the money"
This action of 'attacking Google, etc' is the equivalent of taking the above situation, and saying that we should put pressure on the train company, because the pirates happened to arrive at the office on the train. So yes, technically, if the train company had stopped the pirates getting to where they were going, they wouldn't have stolen anything. But unless the train company was actively encouraging pirates to hop aboard and go stealing, I don't think they did anything wrong, and therefore shouldn't be told they have to do anything about it. Maybe they could carry out a Pirate Awareness programme, so all their conductors are trained in how to spot a pirate (big hat, eye patch, parrot, etc) so they can report them to the authorities - but they should not be forced to do so, at their own expense. Don't make them the bad guys. Surely it's more important for all this time and effort to be spent on actually stopping the pirates pirating in the first place? That's a job for the governments and authorities. Yes, maybe they need to work with the search engines and ISPs to get this job done. But it sometimes appears as though Google and ISPs are made out to be as bad as the pirates in the first place.
I wonder whether a better idea would be to actually inform us public what the law says about this. Having a message come from the police saying 'If you do this, then that's illegal, and the penalty for that is this.' Rather than musicians who, although they are very talented, obviously have a vested interest in it.