Originally Posted by tompe
The thing that never change is people wrongly calling copyright infringement for theft or thievery.
When it's obviously more like mind-rape because they are taking pleasure from someone's thoughts without their permission. But locking up downloaders is still silly. There's too many of them for it to make financial sense. In England and America downloaders account for 10% of the population.
I don't know anything about Japan's society, but if we had that in England it would cost tax payers £40,000 per year for each prison place. Then they would need to be paid benefits for the rest of their lives because they would be unemployable. With all those extra taxes to pay nobody would have any money left to spend on luxury items like books, music or films.
Then there's the question of what do you do with the children who download stuff. Youth offender units cost even more to run than prisons, and the lifetime on benefits would be a lot longer.
It would make more sense to go after the uploaders, or if they're out of jurisdiction block access to the material at the ISP level.