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Multinational media is eager to declare computer-based piracy dead (“I fought the law and the law won,” proclaims one Pepsi commercial) even as hackers subvert the RIAA web site to promise the world they won’t stop giving consumers access to illegal music, movies and software until prices plummet; Congress wants to give recording artists who see their songs posted on the Internet to use “self-help” technology to block access to these data files, but says KaZAA must obtain downloader consent to put similar spyware technologies on their computers. In a world where pirated copies make up 90% of the DVDs sold in mainland China, where multi-billion dollar corporations are the victims and 12-year-old schoolgirls and 71-year-old grandfathers the criminals, and where a group like Metallica is induced to take a conservative standpoint, only one thing is clear: Piracy, a real-time economic paradox of the most fascinating sort, has polarized our society around one of the most rancorous civil liberties vs. business rights issues of all time, and understanding the controversy (and its context) is important to you, personally, as a consumer, downloader, taxpayer and voter.