Not always... not when you have companies who act as monopolies, etc. We were told by our state government that the privatisation of electricity would force prices down through competition.
How about the more complete version?
The free market enforces competition, unless unfair practices prevent it. Those can be dealt with. Is there a perfect solution? No. But I'd rather have companies competing than a dictator telling me what's fair. Far too many abuses that way.
I do believe the less fortunate would be less likely to steal if items of need [and want] were made affordable to all, not just a select few
But you say
The thing is, Doc, I don't look at the world through rose coloured glasses.
I don't believe that the poor are less likely to steal if pricing was more reasonable. Those who steal non food items (those not hungry) do so for pathological reasons.
No, the appeal procedure is a joke. I shouldn't have to pay the cost of an independent review. The prosecution should. And then, who chooses the independent party of the review and if the independent review rules against me, do I have to take the ISP to court to "prove my innocence". The burden of proof should NEVER BE LEVIED ON THE DEFENDANT. End of discussion. I'm pretty much going to keep harping this point over and over and over.
This is not defense in a legal sense. The appeal does not go to the Apellate Court Division. There is no law involved.
You do not prove "innocence or "guilt". You state what was downloaded, and provide evidence of right to do so. What's wrong with that?
@ sinperium: You sound truly victimized by the system, and I agree and have stated in several places that cable is monopolistic since the law is perverted in thie sense it is blatantly anti-competitive. As for the check thing, well, were I you, I would try to move my account to a Bank which didn't engage in such a practice as stacking, and have a larger balance on hand... what can I say?
I still say that if you have to, you can sue in small claims court. I believe it would be solved long before that, though. Also, since you're not moving pirated files, there shouldn't be any question of what you're doing, and you can prove it.