Vice President Joe Biden has just thrown the Executive Department's weight behind the debate over Internet piracy. Tech Blorge reports that the VP made a statement at a press conference alongside Victoria Espinel, the US intellectual property enforcement coordinator. He is reported to have said;
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"We used to have a problem in this town saying this. But piracy is theft. Clean and simple. It’s smash and grab. It ain’t no different than smashing a window at Tiffany’s and grabbing [merchandise]."
That's straight from Biden's mouth, folks. Downloading a torrent off of the Internet is exactly the same as breaking into a store and stealing products. Except pirating doesn't actually remove goods from anyone's possession and a lot of evidence shows that piracy boosts sales. Other than that though, illegal downloading is no different from a smash and grab.
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Biden went on to shakily equate media piracy with counterfeit bulletproof vests. He suggested that ISPs help to fight against piracy and promised to put US government pressure on foreign nations where pirate hubs operate.