And we're told that the entertainment being stolen isn't good anyway, which makes it odd that people would be upset that they've been prevented from stealing it. It's like the person who complains about how horrid the food is, while insisting the portions are too small. If you weren't downloading it, then you aren't being affected by this.
And we see the same thing from the people who still insist that Megaupload was merely an innocent file storing service; seemingly oblivious to the fact that there are many other places to store your files and they don't do what Megaupload did...or have nearly the profits. Or people who insist that it was useful for small bands to catch a break, again oblivious to the fact that other websites specialize in such things, and again, don't have nearly the profits that Megaupload did.
And so I read yet another article about how Youtube goofed and removed content that wasn't protected by copyright: Namely, video from the Democratic National Convention. And if the commenters there are to be believed, this wasn't an accident. No, this was part of the government's plans to suppress us, even though the government had nothing to do with it. As the article said, it was a mistake by the computers, which was quickly corrected. Yet this mistake is apparently enough to make people demand yet again to get rid of copyright laws, insisting that it's yet another sinister plot to deny me my freedom to watch Jay Leno's monologue on my computer; as the Founding Fathers intended.
And I generally respond to these people, but decided to include one of my better responses here. Enjoy!
Look people, this isn't complicated. Copyrights are important because it protects the people who create things. If you recorded a song and Sony could sell your song without paying you for it, you'd be upset. And you'd stop recording songs. Same goes for Sony. If they can't make money from their movies and music, they'll just stop making it
And so copyright laws are good so the people who create things get paid for them, and that includes the writers, actors, and producers; who all get paid good money if their work sells. Unfortunately, there are jerks who put this stuff on Youtube, thus hurting the artists and companies who give us these things.
And they do this so much that it'd be impossible for the people who own the copyrights to find it all, so they use computers to find it for them. And this happens so much that it'd be impossible for Google to have enough employees to take all this stuff down, so they also use computers to do it for them. And sometimes the computers make mistakes.
Who's to blame for this? The jerks who post this stuff to Youtube. That's who. And I say that as someone who someday hopes to get rich selling movies and music, and don't want you jerks ripping me off by giving my stuff away for free. Even bad b-movies can make a lot of money for the writers, and that's how I'm hoping to retire. So don't blame Google or Sony. Blame the jerks who give it away for free online.