I don\'t know if you can save the arm by cutting off the hand in this situation. Too much big corporation choke hold is written on this thing. But something does need to be done to cut down piracy.
The head of Valve said it best, give people a better option. Steam has helped cut down on piracy because it offers great content, and a great experience, for prices people can get behind.
Music saw the same thing happen with iTunes. Do I think iTunes rips people off as much as a pirate would, hell yeah. An average extra .30 for a song (usually crappy) just to say you got it off iTunes, is outrages. But it helped rejuvenate the business of legally purchasing music. Now You have Amazon, Google Music, etc. looking to add to the ways people can get music, at various prices. Sometimes free.
Now with most blockbuster movies coming with digital copies, Vudu, or Ultra Violet, versions of the movie, it\'s hard to even justify pirating films. Especially with services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, who also feature TV shows.
Add Gamefly and services like Redbox on the gaming end of things, and it is becoming harder and harder for pirates to justify what they are doing.
If we keep on the path we are on, I think that eventually we will shame pirates to the point that only the crust covered a**holes of the world will do it. The threat of widespread censorship is not the way to go.