marmel:turnin: I'm going to pretend I didnt see the above SOCA post, It makes me sad. This is government style scaremongering at it's worst. If you're not with us, you're against us. I can't wait till they protect programmers like they do musicians
I know it sounds heavy handed but they have been putting similar warnings at the start of videos for years.
What is the solution though? Letting sites distribute music/movies for free isn't a long term option as far as I can see, especially when the site owners are in it to line their own pockets.
Those warnings on DVD's are really annoying because you've paid for the damn thing and then they force you to watch these messages. Imagine if they did that at the start of every album.
The solution is the same as it has always been, providing the content and allowing sharing, and setting up sensible market models.
Back in the cassette days everyone ended up with a few copied items of music they did not own in their collection. Usually from friends and acquaintances attempting to expose them to different musical interests.
If the industry spent as much money advertising digital services as anti-piracy stuff, the artists, the market, and the customers would be far better off.