Nost Gam wrote:
Basically I want to ask: "Why are these laws even worth our time?"
They are not. The problem just lies in that since the internet is a completely new thing, most of the people in power don't really understand it at all, which makes them easy targets for corporate scammers (lobbyists) to take advantage of.
See, when there's a thing you know NOTHING about and some "expert" comes to tell you that there's a problem with the thing, which could be solved by doing <x>, you tend to believe it all to be true. Why would you question his claims? Afterall, he's an expert and you know nothing.
But that only works until someone tells you that the "expert" is just trying to scam you and that you should do <y> instead. Only then will you doubt anything. That is also exactly why all negotiations concerning these laws are run in secrecy.
Also, many people feel that an unregulated flow of information is essentially just a form of anarchy, and that flow should be stopped anyway.
You're also correct we'd never be able to come up with laws that would actually successfully police the internet without making it completely unusable for anyone BUT criminals. This is also another concept people have problems grasping for some reason;
Laws are made to police society and make it act under common norms. Criminals break laws.
More laws =/= less criminals.
More laws = more laws are being broken.
Replace the word "laws" from the last chapter with "vases", or "cars". See what I did thar?
On an addition, it makes feel sick how the people in power have not yet realized that laws should be never made to benefit any entity financially. You just can't do it in a system where corporations' (and partly even individuals') sole purpose is to gather wealth by any lawful
means necessary. See what I did thar again?
Corporations are not conscious beings whom would make decisions based on the greater good, and expecting corporate advisors to give any other advice than that which benefits them directly or undirectly is just absurd.
So, as with 95% of world's problems, it comes down to pure ignorance, greed and arrogancy. It's a really bad combination when we live in a system that actually rewards the greed.