firstly, although I fully appreciate the need to prevent repeating offences where harm is incurred to others, I think that our laws and social mentality focus too much on punishment and not enough on correction. In the instance of intellectual property rights however, I have seen arguments against having them which overshadow those for them.
Regardless of whether you are for or against them though, the point is that they are debatable, and throwing people in jail for years at a time for violating them is abhorrent IMO.
Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.
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