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DoJ Goes Pirate Hunting

Justice Department Announces International Internet Piracy Sweep (thanks Mike Martinez) has word that there's a massive global pirate hunt currently underway:

Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today the most far-reaching and aggressive enforcement action ever undertaken against organizations involved in illegal intellectual property piracy over the Internet. Beginning yesterday morning, law enforcement from 10 countries and the United States conducted over 120 searches worldwide to dismantle some of the most well-known and prolific online piracy organizations.

“Intellectual property theft is a global problem that hurts economies around the world. To be effective, we must respond globally,” Attorney General Ashcroft said. “In the past 24 hours, working closely with our foreign law enforcement counterparts, we have moved aggressively to strike at the very core of the international online piracy world.”

Operation Fastlink is the culmination of four separate undercover investigations simultaneously being conducted by the FBI, coordinated by the FBI Cyber Division, and the U.S. Department of Justice, coordinated by the Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Criminal Division. As a result of Fastlink, over 120 total searches have been executed in the past 24 hours in 27 states and in 10 foreign countries. Foreign searches were conducted in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden as well as Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Operation Fastlink is the largest multi-national law enforcement effort ever directed at online piracy. Nearly 100 individuals worldwide have been identified by the investigation to date, many of whom are the leaders or high-level members of various international piracy organizations. As the investigations continue, additional targets will be identified and pursued.

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83. well Apr 23, 2004, 01:27 primetonal
 
"Things like DRM hardware seem unbelievable now, because we are still in the "wild west" phase."

Things like destroying fields of crops in Africa because they use "patented" GM plants without paying a royalty seems unbelievable now, but it will happen.

Or how about those damn senior citizens who buy heart medication from Canada (essentially piracy) because they can't afford to buy it here? "Heart medicine is a luxury, if they can't afford to pay for it they deserve to die".

People, video game designers are trying to make money by forcing people not to share with their neighbor, even though its infinitely easy to do. Would you also support a company selling a star trek replicator with a EULA, saying you cannot use it to make food for others, becuase that would end world hunger and end the market for the replicators?

 
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