Originally Posted by joshd
I can tell you right now if it does come to the UK me and many others I know will be out in the streets of Edinburgh or maybe even London.
Hell, I'd fly over and join you. Hopefully the Japanese people do the same.
However, there is a slight silver lining to this. One thing that always bugged me was that there was no definite law anywhere on how to handle illegal downloading. Which not only lays down punishment for offenders, but also defines their rights. A person who violates a copyright should be charged with a crime, but under no circumstance should the publisher have any right to come in and sue them for who knows how much money.
I am also hoping that it will lead to new or upgraded laws on copyrights. I don't think the old system invented for books really applies to all things digital. Especially in regards to software, but really all media as well. I'd like to see a system get put in place that after ten years any data becomes public domain. If they think they can still make some money off of it in ten years the leading stake holder could file an extension (like Elvis music is still selling decently and people are still buying CS:S for example, however, there are all sorts of things that the authors should just be happy people still have an interest in it)
Now, we just need to get the fines down. However, I am hoping the max penalties will only be applied to really gross offenders. Some one caught downloading a hundred songs or something would hopefully just get some probation for the first offense and a small fine for the second...nailed them harder if they get hit with a third.