Re: Intermission 019 - Piracy and Fair Use
Trey - I meant genuine criminals as in organised crime. You can bet if it's profitable servers will be set up in Eastern Europe countries where they'll be mafia running the show.
Mafia has become a generic term for organized crime but only because the actual "Mafia" is famous for it.
But "organized crime" actually means only that, crimes that are planned by groups of people in a systematic way. As opposed to randomly snatching a purse, or killing in the heat of anger... or having a couple of illegal movies on your hard drive.
The case against MegaUpload specifically accuses them of organized crime, among the charges are "Conspiracy to commit racketeering", and money laundering. These are the exact same laws used to charge any other form of organized crime, including Mafiosi.
If the accusations are true, MegaUpload are "genuine criminals" and were committing organized crime. These weren't kids in a dorm sippin' Mountain Dew and trading a few kewl Doctor Who episodes. (It's just their customers who were. )
And neither were these folks, who were shut down last year and sentenced this week: http://www.deadline.com/2012/01/ninjavideo-copyright/
As for the oft-repeated oddball argument that crimes shouldn't be prosecuted because there'll always be more crime, welllll, I just don't buy that as a blanket policy.