Yes, those jolly Con Dem boys and girls are going to pour money into finding and convicting kids and poor people who illegally download albums and TV shows they couldn’t have afforded to buy in the first place, rather than invest more resources and cash into silly things like tracking down rapists, paedophiles and murderers to get them behind bars and in so doing protect the public.
Does anyone really think, if we stopped all illegal downloading tomorrow, it would be matched by an equal increase in paid-for downloads? This is just government by dinosaurs, for dinosaurs. They don’t have the money or resources to stomp effectively on copyright infringement and it’s destined to swallow money and be just as successful as the so-called war on drugs.
I already get an anti-piracy warning every time I spend £20+ on a Blu-Ray. Load the damn disc and you are forced to watch a strobing, sonically-abusive message telling you not to pirate the disc you’ve just paid over the odds for. It goes on to inform you, by beating you repeatedly around the ears, that piracy costs lives in Silicon Valley, funds drug sales to primary school kids, gives your mother the clap, all that sort of thing. Only after being aurally assaulted are you then allowed to sit through five minutes of ads to persuade you to buy other shit, before you’re allowed to watch the movie or TV show you spent money on.
I don’t watch or listen to the disco-meets-Hellblazer ad, you understand. It’s just really, really annoying. We can all agree, pissing off people who pay for content is a really good anti-piracy strategy, right?