@Anonymous Coward 14.42
"Filesharing isn’t stealing is listening to the radio stealing"
No (Assuming you have paid your TV licence, part of that is used to pay the PRS fees.)
>>No license is required to listen to the radio. (UK)
Wow, where to start with that one? there are many activities I dont agree should be illegal so I guess we should just make those legal?
>> What!! Yes of course that is what this is all about - its called living in a democracy! Laws are about two things one the settled moral beliefs of a society (a bit) the balance of expressed power (a lot). In this instance the Pirate party is challenging the first for a rethink and at the same time showing that 7 million file shares may not take having individuals targeted lying down. That's called real politics.
"scientist and artists do what they do because of a need to express themselves"
so if all the other big pharma companies stopped paying the salaries of the scientists these guys and girls would just carry on working? The record companies stopped paying musicians these people would just shrug and get on with it? If your wages dried up because the software you develop didnt sell but was given away for free, you'd be able to survive?
>> Yes there would still be drug companies without patents (its called generics) the only argument is the speed of development which would simply mean state funded research replacing big pharma. I for one would rather less development if the result is everyone gets a crack at the drugs already developed. Personally I believe drug development would be quicker by thousands of smaller drug companies working on cheaper research strategies and sharing ideas.
Yes most musicians don't have record deals and do get on with it the record labels provide lottery winnings for a handful that would dry up up boo hoo. I get paid once to develop something someone needs then I look for new work - like most people I expect only to be paid for work done not for some ongoing ownership of mindspace..!