np2003 - 7:19 am on Dec 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have a friend who works in construction. He is your typical computer user who has little knowledge about computing. In the past, he buys *all* his movies, tv shows on DVD and has HUNDREDS of them in his collection.
I went to his house recently and he now "downloads" DVDrips and no longer buys them. Now, I was really shocked because this is the *last guy* in the world who would download stuff. imo, it goes to show how big the copyright/piracy problem is.
File sites like Rapidshare, fileserve and hundreds of others are making it way way too easy to download any copyrighted content. The money makes it way to the file hosters and not the content producer.
Of course, sites like Google are naturally annoyed at this bill because they thrive on being able to serve what the user wants, and what the user wants is mostly illegal pirated content. Google just want clicks. Less clicks = less revenue.