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Monthly Archives: January 2012

sopa pipa and megadownload

Does anyone noticed the unbelievable coincidence of the Megadownload take down, just one day after the incredibly successful "internet blackout" protest of Wed Jan 18th?

Update: Glad to see that Kim Dotcom got out on bail, and was able to get his assets unfrozen so he can mount a proper defense. My take is simple. We're talking copyright infringement, not international terrorism, rape or murder. Or bank fraud that brought down the US economy.

If it were not for the unduly powerful influence of the entertainment industry, penalties for copyright infringement would be compensatory to the crime; if you stole a candy bar, who would fine you $100,000 or send you to prison? A movie costs a few dollars to rent. Just ridiculous.