---- European Politicians Vote To Reject Anti-Piracy Plans
MatthewHSE - 6:35 pm on Apr 11, 2008 (gmt 0)
Pure liberty would also mean the liberty to infringe on IP wouldn't it?
That's not liberty, that's license. A fairly good description of the difference can be found here [scribd.com] for starters, but in a nutshell, liberty is responsible freedom, whereas license is anarchical freedom. (This difference, incidentally, is how "America the Beautiful" can contain the line "Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law" without the slightest contradiction.)
You cannot say you respect civil liberties and then restrict those same liberties...
See above - infringing on others' rights is not a civil liberty.
...because some rich people across the pond do not like it.
I don't know which side of "the pond" you're on, but I'm on the American side. I don't happen to be rich, but I'm against any measure that restricts the ability of a person to profit from their own work or ingenuity. That's the essence of a free society, thus requiring copyright laws (and appropriate penalties).