senator joseph biden wrote a screed in the la times about how piracy costs american jobs. what a smokescreen. if the argument were simply about american jobs, the h1-b visa would be under some serious scrutiny right now. (and how about hollywood's virtual relocation to canada?)

it's funny to read about the dangers of piracy from the guy with a long history of plagarizing speeches and papers.

long-term, hollywood and the software industry doesn't care too much about the large pirates. what they are doing has clearly always been illegal—laws like the dmca haven't changed this. they want to eradicate things that benefit society but not their bottom line like fair use and the doctrine of first sale. they want to keep charging the same price for goods, even as their marginal cost goes to zero.

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