Some people are just technophobes; and not just ordinary technophobes, but extremely scary ones who see a possible bad side to a technology and then decide that nothing good can come of this new-fangled invention.
For instance, take Scott Turrow of the Authors Guild. He spoke up against network sharing technology in front of the US Congress:
“BitTorrent is to stealing movies, TV shows, music, videogames, and now books what bolt-cutters are to stealing bicycles.”
As a member of the bicycling fraternity, I have to say that the banning of bolt-cutters isn’t high on my list of ideas to prevent the theft of bicycles, and there’s a lot more stupid at that session of Congress including Rosetta Stone (who make foreign language software, ironically) wanting to make the US a digital ghetto, as all foreign websites are gradually blocked from access by US viewers when US copyright is breached (but not the copyright in the country of origin). Now for an antidote for this stupidity from my favourite author.
Gaiman on Copyright Piracy and the Web