Originally Posted by mr ploppy
The problem with going after downloaders is that since it is virtually impossible to prove guilt the corporations have bought new laws that do away with the presumption of innocence and put the burden of proof on the accused. Or paid for the punishment for downloading to be made wildly out of proportion to any alleged harm it might cause.
Spot on. Piracy is a burden to the society and is a cost; less money to authors, film makers, software writers etc., but this kind of "justice" also has its cost: cost of the openness of the internet, power of sensorship in the hands of the big media houses (together with the will to use it), etc.
This is like choosing between plague or cholera (don't know if this expression is known in the English language), but in my opinion, the biggest of the two evils is sensorship