So it's bad to buy a copy of a movie that's been burned to disk, but magnetic links to torrent files to the same movie paid by advertising is all good?
What if I was to download The Avengers from Pirate Bay, burn hundreds of copies, and do a maildrop with them to advertise a business? Hey, that could be a great marketing opportunity for the Pirate Party to promote itself!
I totally agree that there shouldn't be a double standard here.
I can take "Free software" and charge as much as I like, or use free copies to promote my business, and I don't owe one red cent to the original developers. And under this model the Free Software / Open Source software community is absolutely thriving by almost any metric.
BUT other people in the Pirate Party still insist that if someone finds a way to add value so that others pay something more than the same content being freely shared elsewhere, then some of that profit should be offered back to the original content creator. So the question is, where is that profit 'because' of the content, and where is it not?
youtube make money fairly directly from the content which is hosted on their servers, and have a very good arrangement for sharing that profit with the copyright holders.
The pirate bay doesn't host any content, but has a business model of helping people find it.
The google search engine helps people find what they're looking for, and while not as targeted as TPB sometimes that will be copyrighted content in various forms. http://www.thepirategoogle.com/
Sites like imbd or rotten tomatoes provide reviews of movies and make money from that. Should they also pay some sort of tithing to the movie industry?
Xtra make money from providing internet connectivity. On average quite a lot of this internet connectivity will be used to share copyrighted material, but there are also customers who use large amounts of internet without ever sharing music or movies. Is it fair to tax all internet users on an assumption?
Stationary warehouse sell blank DVD's and USB drives. How about we tax those too?
Hell, why don't we just tax everyone and set up a welfare system for poor, starving artists?