will continue to trot out the same tired old arguments that they've been peddling for ages, but those of us who really understand how the world works knew all along that there can only be one eventual outcome.
Societies make laws for a reason, and the observance of them by the vast majority is the only way to have a truly civilised community. In the end, illegal downloading will become something that's practised by a small hard core of law-breakers. It will be increasingly difficult for volume file-sharers to operate, ISPs will take action to stop them, and the music indistry will do the same.
No ISP can hope to be able to examine every file its customers download so other means must be found for weeding out these filesharers. To my simple mind the answer is obvious - put a limit of say 1Gb per month on all UPLOADS.This will not impact on those that legally download large amounts including streaming audio/video; and since most of us only upload small amounts, only those who originally put out the files will suffer.
I've never used Kazaa or anything related but I'm curious about these "dedicated downloaders".
Do they download vast amounts of whatever it is they download to listen to/view the results of their efforts or do they download "just because it's there" and, being "slightly" on the wrong side of the law, so they experience some sort of frisson in doing so?
One way or another, the music industry will be dragged into the modern era - just as they were when they tried (and failed) to protect sheet music sales when records became widely available, just as they were when they tried (and failed) to stop radio from broadcasting music, just as they tried (and failed) to stop VCRs becoming widespread.
I (nor anyone else) can predict right now quite how it'll happen - but happen it will.
It's no good being self-righteous ad-nauseam about law breaking - that's not what the issue is about - it's about how laws should be framed in the current (and forthcoming) era of fast moving technology, to protect the wider public interest - that of not just providers, but also consumers.