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US govt picks on UK youth
By Dave Winer on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM.
This is one of those moments when I'm ashamed to be an American. permalink
Read this NY Times story about how the U.S. is "purusing a middleman in web piracy." Sounds ominous, but it's not.  permalink
A picture named uncleSamSuicide.gifHe's a 24-year old who ran a search engine that found torrent files. His mum, who was interviewed for the story, says whatever money he made is gone. "He would take his mates to the cinema and pay for them." This is what the US legal system has been reduced to. Humiliating. permalink
Meanwhile, to see just how cowardly this is, if you go to Google, a multi-billion-dollar company whose execs serve on blue-ribbon White House commissions, you can get exactly the same information.  permalink
Here's an example search which returns torrents for an awful Hollywood movie that has grossed almost $1.5 billion so far. permalink
So Google, too, is a "middleman in web piracy." This isn't new. Google has always returned these results, and they're right to. That's what search engines do.  permalink
BTW, it would be nice if the Times pointed out the humiliation of the US government, being paid off by Hollywood to do its dirty paranoid work.  permalink
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