January 24, 2012 3 Comments
The big news in police action against file sharing this past week was the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. Dotcom says that police are painting an unfair picture of him. I say that any tech person who changes his last name to “Dotcom” is insane or has a mega sense of humor. Or both. It’s a blast to read news reports forced to take that name seriously.
So how far are governments going to go in their pursuit of purported pirates? Over at The Motley News, there’s the story of the UK student who is facing extradition to the United States because he ran a web site that linked to potentially illegal content. It didn’t host the content, just mentioned its existence.
I have little patience for the government arguments about these cases if only because the current copyright laws are written to enhance corporate power and profits, not to protect creators.