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  •  If existing law is all they needed to nail (14+ / 0-)

    MegaUpload, a Hong Kong company, and arrest its CEO, a New Zealand resident, in New Zealand...

    ...then what the hell was SOPA and PIPA for?  Maybe they were for what they said: a company can have a website shut down if it has a link to some copyright infringement.

    We shouldn't expect leadership from Al Franken, who used to work for media companies, on this.  Or the Democratic Party, whose candidates get massive donations from media companies.  Unfortunately, we're all stuck voting for Democrats, because the Red Team is worse.

    Global warming is the inconvenient truth, nuclear power is the inconvenient alternative.

    by eigenlambda on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 08:43:04 PM PST

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    •  The takedown of MegaUpload was a perfectly timed (3+ / 0-)
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      offgrid, Oh Mary Oh, varro

      demonstration that US authorities have more than sufficient reach to do the bidding of the entertainment industry. If anything, I'm now even more concerned that existing authority goes too far. The financial impact of this is grossly overstated in that people overwhelmingly wouldn't pay for the shared fcontent in the first place. One can't claim lost revenues from sales that won't ever happen at the industy-dictated (or in some caes, almost any) price point.

    •  Arrested by News Zealand cops at the behest of (0+ / 0-)

      US officials seeking extradition.  What happens next time when the company is in a country with no extradition treaty with the US?

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