100 Poster Size photos of Peta Todd by Paul Buceta
Added January 28, 2011
We have an idea for a totally new kind of store where you can actually buy stolen goods or even get them for free and you won't get arrested or thrown in jail. It would be a warehouse or other empty building. The owner would not sell anything himself but would allow other people to sell or give away stolen goods. The owner would make money by charging the public for admission and from advertisers who posted ads on the walls. If these stores were legal they would pop up everywhere. How long do you think they would last? More importantly, how long would the companies producing the things getting stolen last? Not long. Yet this is exactly the way ideas and art are being sold today. Current international copyright laws such as The Digital Millenium Copyright Act allow the owners of websites to let anybody and everybody sell or post stolen movies, photos, books, video games, music - anything known as intellectual goods. "Safe Harbour" laws protect these website owners - they can't be arrested or sued, and the government will not step in to stop the thieves. Instead it is up to the people who own the ideas to find the hundreds of thousands of anonymous people stealing and selling their stuff and then take each and every one to court. How long do you think the websites selling the stolen ideas will last? More importantly, how long will the artists and companies producing the things getting stolen last? Not long.