Here is a very good article about piracy.
The author of the article recognizes how hard is today to enforce the law protecting copyrights.
This is similar with the famous marijuana, so many users, so many arrests, and finally the law was diminished, ignored and CHANGED.
Marihuana is now openly consumed not only for medical purposes but also for fun.
Same with homosexuality in the 80's, and recently with illegal immigrants.
The "law breakers" are so many that laws are changing because they have lost their point.
American musicians can't do anything against Italian pirates. Japanese car companies can't do anything against Chinese counterfeit car parts.
I just bought "Honda clips" which package of 50 pieces cost no more than 3 bucks. The clips are identical, and are sold on eBay.
Enforcing the law is to prosecute thousands of sellers -American and foreign- who sell copies of almost everything at a cheaper price on eBay.
The article from below calls for a different way to compensate the artist, the writer, the singer, the whatever. However, it recognizes that it is so hard -if not impossible- to stop piracy.
He even declared himself guilty of piracy when copying music from old LPs of a neighbor... can someone tell me what will be the penalty for that?