@overingtonc so, vibrant, creative media companies are going after individual losers who steal their products. thinking of who to dob in (drums fingers)
@overingtonc How To Catch A Thief (Part Two). You wouldn’t want to have references to bit-torrents in your blog history these days, would you? #$1.5m
Ignoring the absurdity of the last part – bit-torrent is a perfectly legal file transfer technology, and discussing it is not a crime – it’s a nice little effort at intimidation for those who would dare argue against corporate misuse of copyright, isn’t it?
Have we really degenerated to the point as a country where someone writing on a blog and criticising something like the extreme and anti-public copyright regime our government has adopted at the behest of US-based media companies like Caroline’s employer, might find themselves “dobbed in” and made a target for some sort of police raid? Would it matter that they did not have any “pirated” material at all, once their house had been trampled through and their computers confiscated for the duration of the search? More importantly, would there be a consequence for the spiteful hack who wasted police time and resources for a personal vendetta, or would she be free to use the technique against someone else with whom she had a political argument?
Are the police there to fight crime, or are they a tool for the corporate copyright lobby (and its media arm) to harass those who argue against them?
Let’s hope, for the sake of whoever Caroline has in mind, that authorities have more common sense than she does.