I agree. All of these fucktards who only talk about relatively unimportant issues are hogging the stage when we should be addressing the serious problems the US faces. It doesn't matter what happens with abortion, gay marriage or gun control. None of these issues offers a solution to our failing economy and rapid loss of human rights.
In this situation, at least in the US (UK is fucked), you would be given due process and an opportunity to state your case in court... after the fact.
Are you proposing that they preemptively ban giving friends a ride to the store just in case one person has one fucked up nutjob friend who bums a ride to a fucking armed robbery? You know, just to prevent any possible harmful action that might be taken. Jesus man. That's about the most extreme, oppressive, paranoid leadership I can imagine.
I'm not affiliated with TPB and I am responsible for putting it out there. Someone from TPB merely stated that they will treat this as any other torrent hash listed on their site and leave it alone. This is not a story about TPB. It's about a hash tag that is permanently tattooed onto the internet for as long as there is a single individual who deems this data worthy of sharing.
As far as the BBC, they are seen as more credible by way of reaching a wider audience. Meanwhile, TorrentFreak is a very credible torrent news site. Case in point, if it were not for breaking this story, none of the major news sites would not even be talking about it. TF is the only one plugged into the filesharing community enough to even have this on their radar. Love them or not, when it comes to torrents, TorrentFreak is above all the most credible new site you are going to find.
^This is what real life looks like. While everyone runs around bitching about how this law or that ban is going to solve all these problems, they are drowning in the real problems of their own and the people that surround them from day to day. So much more could be done by focusing on that instead of irresponsibly seeking a quick fix by attempting to control so many lives from afar with complete disregard for the greater proportion of damage it ends up doing for the sake of seeking a negligible improvement.
Glad to see the discussion is picking up on this. Surprised CNET did not link to the TorrentFreak article that most likely tipped them off to it tho. Thought that was considered bad netiquette in online journalism.
Rick Falkvinge has picked up the topic and, as usually, he has clearly stated his position well.
I just can't advocate that you, someone who is a productive member of society, should be held accountable for somebody else's crime.
It's not a stretch because you can say it's common sense to ban a gun design whereas others can say it's common sense to ban your avatar because that will incite violence. Sadly, others do say such asinine things.The decision to ban information is always arbitrary.
Actually there is no way of knowing the result of something being available until it happens. If could very well be that many cures would be discovered and many more would live. It could lead to more mouths being fed and less need for many crimes as a result.
On the other hand, hindering progress is a guarantee that the millions who needlessly die now will continue to do so.
Who here is willing to take responsibility for my crimes? Any of you? I doubt a single person here will step up. It doesn't matter if it is a gun design or a work of fiction. If I commit a crime based on information you provide, there are those who would rather blame you than me. Is this what you would prefer?