Originally Posted by Rubers
And why shouldn't the government be able to adapt to emerging technologies or issues?
Maybe because the implications have world wide impact. Here is an example.
Suppose another country, where say a US based company makes software, is hated by a foreign nation, let's say Iran for example. Let's say they pass a law that says "All online software is considered free because it costs nothing to distribute it". (Basically condoning piracy). Should everyone else in the world be able to download a program anywhere, or more to the point, be able to buy software from someone who buys it in Iran then "resells" it for free to anyone in the rest of the world? I mean all a government would have to do is pass a law like that, and bank roll a program with a couple billion and it would totally hurt US companies ... and using the same sort of logic, would be perfectly "legal".
Same if a company says you have "x" rights in one country, then does that right extend to another country? Even if it is sold from the owner in one country to the new owner in another country?
Who is to say where the actual transaction took place? Is it in the host country or is it in the purchasing country? As it stands now, many laws say where the software is being hosted ... which is how Americans can legally buy software that violates the DMCA. If it was the other way, then since it's illegal to pirate software under US law, is the rest of the world now subject to the US law?
Such is the issue with buying and selling things online.Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 2/2/13 at 8:25am