I know I will be disagreed with, but everyone knows the whole reason behind The Pirate Bay was to get what they wanted without paying for it. Sure, it's going to have TONS of supporters. I just wonder where so many people suddenly got the idea that it's okay to steal? Back in the day a lot of people wouldn't have showed their faces if they had been stealing things, now days you get slammed for saying it's wrong.
The Internet has really opened things up for "pirates" and I think it's become so common that a lot of people (maybe even the majority) just don't see anything wrong with it. I know that when my buddies 52 year old aunt is on her PC in the kitchen downloading pirated Disney movies for her grand kids that SOMETHING
has gone terribly wrong in the world.
What blows my mind is anytime anyone disapproves of TPB they get flamed for it, as I'm sure I will be. I do believe music and movies are very overpriced most of the time, but I don't believe everything should be free. It can't be good for an economy when people are downloading everything either.
...anyways, that may have been off topic but every time I see anything about TPB supporters gone wild it just saddens me.
I don't think that the protests are solely related to people's own feelings about piracy, and i even believe that there's lots of people who don't disput the fact that piracy is wrong that would still join the protests.
I don't like to see people being handed jail time for keeping a site with an index of files. It makes me wonder what comes next. We all know how extreme the positions on this issue really are and to what sorts of ridiculous places extreme positions can lead us to.
And it certainly worries me to see some of the things being done or experimented with under the 'War on Piracy' blanket. And i don't mean DRM (or just DRM), i mean laws that some governments are trying to pass. Scarry stuff that wouldn't affect just pirates but everybody with an active connection.
I also have alot of doubts as to the merits of this particular case. If feels alot like Swedish Law was bullied to come up with this decision, and if that turns out to be the case, people should protest. Let's see how the appeal goes.
As for your buddies Aunt, c'mon, strangely as that may sound you got to admit it's funny. When you have millions of ordinary people all across the world, moms, grandmas, aunts, teachers, lawyers, police officers, that are law abiding citizens in every single aspect of their lives, and yet they break this particular law on a daily basis, over and over again, doesn't that make you wonder if this particular law needs some tweaking ?