Originally Posted by Ralph Sir Edward
Harry, copyright law cannot provide "a practical method for creators of intellectual property to ensure that they do get paid for their work". Current technology does not allow it. That fact may be immoral and unjust; that doesn't stop it from being the reality at this point in time. Technology giveth and technology taketh away...
That's not really the issue, Ralph. There is a fundamental weakness with the legal system here, not with the technology. Because copyright infringement is a civil, not a criminal, offence (in most cases), the only recourse available to the content owner is a civil prosecution, which is prohibitively expensive for the average person. There needs to be a low-cost method available for the average person to claim (reasonable) penalties from people who infringe their intellectual property rights; a method which is not ruinous for either the content owner or the infringer.