Originally Posted by sabredog
It is more than that though. Without downloaders the demand for uploading would not be there. Both go together.
Honestly, there is always going to be an active filesharing community. the way forward is to reduce the amount of filesharing that is happening. Until the BPH's and the RIAA/MPAA lose their mid 20th century mindset and offer better distribution systems more in keeping with the modern digital age, that is simply not going to happen.
Sure they go together. But as a practical matter I think it makes more sense to use resources to go after the uploaders and the sites that host them than individual downloaders, or people who circumvent copy protection to make their own backup copies.