Originally Posted by HarryT
Nobody is suggesting that copyright infringement should be punished by "several decades in jail" - please don't put words into peoples' mouths.
The issue is not the scale of punishments for copyright infringement, but the fact that the entire legal process is beyond the reach of all but the largest companies, and so unwieldy that it's effectively unenforcible. I don't know the details of what this BREIN group is proposing, but something really does need to be done to allow small content producers to take advantage of the protection that the law claims to offer them, but in reality doesn't.
But that's the way the big companies wanted it, for most purposes. Things like "loser pays" are there to discourage
the exercise of legal rights by small, weak people/organizations. Now, in the I.P. arena, these very same concepts are biting the companies back.
"Be careful of what you wish for, you might get it."