So...these guys want to shorten copyright protection. I get the feeling they've never created any copyright material, be it software, music, or whatever.
Honestly, there are some interesting points here, I don't want to bash these guys because there intentions are mostly good, even if the manifesto is all over the place (drug patents? huh?).
I guess the bottom line is this: the first line of the shortened manifesto states "The right to share files provided no money changes hands." I CANNOT get behind this if it means that someone should be allowed to go to Pirate Bay and download Mass Effect 2 without paying for it. Because if it is, it's total crap. I know, know -- downloading a game isn't technically stealing because you're not taking the game away from someone else. But it's basically a theft of service -- you're taking something without paying for it.
And if we keep taking games, music, movies etc. without paying for them, then there will be no incentive for people who create that content to keep doing so. In other words, when PC gaming goes to complete sh*t in five years, we'll have no one to blame but ourselves -- well, maybe Ubisoft and SecuROM too. But mostly it will be on the folks that were torrented like crazy.