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The stink of differential justice is yet again smelled surrounding a massive "anti-piracy" effort

There are a number of things curious about the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations and U.S. Department of Justice's haphazard takedown of the popular content storage site Megaupload among them:

+ If the site was truly involved in $500M USD in copyright threat, what took the FBI so long to act?  The site has been live for seven years now and used by millions of Americans.

+ How is Megaupload fundamentally any different than Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube?  Like YouTube users upload content which the site cannot control.  Megauploads admins have suspended accounts in the past for users who were caught uploading copyrighted work.

+ If Megaupload was so evil why did many major artists support it?  (Last we checked big pop artists are no fans of sites who deliberately promote infringement.)  And why did these big music labels try to stop those artists from showing their support?

+ But most of all:

Why is Megaupload's CEO, famous American DJ, rapper, and producer Swiss Beatz (best known as the husband of Alicia Keyes, perhaps) not named in the lawsuit?

Virtually every other employee -- including the company's CMO and CTO -- at Megaupload is facing criminal piracy charges, but for some reason this key American music insider was not even mentioned in the Grand Jury's complaint [PDF].

Some have pointed out that Swiss Beatz owns no stake in Megaupload, merely served as its leader.  But that hardly makes a difference, given that he was leading a company that the feds claims was profiting off infringement.

Swiss Beatz
[Image Source: GQ Magazine]

To Swiss Beatz credit, he surely never wanted Megaupload to be whacked down like this -- he was its biggest fan, and convinced many artists of its merits.  And it's hard to fault him for keeping quiet -- after all who would rather be in jail than free?

Swiss Beatz
[Image Source: HipHop DX]

But this yet again shows the differential brand of justice that is applied to piracy in America.  Major music labels troll the internet looking for people to sue, yet at the same time steal hundreds of millions in yearly revenue from small independent artists by seizing and selling their work under questionable laws.

SOPA House author Rep. Lamar Smith (R- Tex.) or his staff stole copyrighted images from a small artist and used them without payment or citation on the campaign site that helped elect him, yet now he wants to imprison Americans for intellectual property theft?

And what about the rest of Congress, who were initially so supportive of SOPA/PIPA, while their offices were caught illegally torrenting pornography and other copyrighted work?  

And how can Rupert Murdoch support SOPA when his own employees were caught stealing text messages and voice mails from the families of murdered children and dead soldiers, in a sickening profit scheme?

Clearly the American justice system consists of two groups -- "the proles", which contains everyone from your college educated professionals to your McDonald's Corp. (MCD) fast food workers, and then "the inner party", a fortunate lot that includes millionaire musicians, big media executives, and their hired help (politicians).

Source: New York Post



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By michael67 on 1/20/2012 11:05:11 AM , Rating: 0
I feel for those EU companies that cant buy votes in parliament the way they can in the US.

As you "cant" buy votes in parliament in the way is possible in the US, only they went this time a bridge to far. ^_^

Tho we have be thankful to the US for that and the Marshall Plan after World War II
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Plan

As it helped to setup governments in a new way with multi party's, tho far from a perfect system imho the best working system other then maybe a country run by non corrupt dictator that truly wants the best for his country.
Tho absolute power corrupts absolute, I was thinking of Julius Caesar type dictator. (and if corrupt die like him ;-)

Wonder why (western) Europeans prefer Europe when it come's to politics.
At least you cant buy a vote in Holland Germany or Scandinavia, tho being a big corporation you can get things done, what other (small)people cant.

So thanks for helping setting up our modern governments, to bad you still have to work with the old style one that did not for see big companies and pure evil people like Rupert Murdoch.




By TeXWiller on 1/20/2012 12:33:59 PM , Rating: 2
Although the WWII did significantly reform the system in Germany and the Eastern Block, not much was done by the US in the Western Europe in terms of forced political changes. Democratic principles had already firm roots in those countries were there was a multiparty democracy before the war.

Spain and the Nordic countries are assumigly good examples of this relative non-interference as Franco, for example, had his roots in the conservative Catholicism as I have understood. Meanwhile the US apparently openly created and supported dictatorships in elsewhere just to remove the horrors of independent nationalism (Congo) and communism where they were starting to raise their McCarthy-bashing heads. An independent nationalist deals with both sides of the iron curtain, the shock and horror!

Japan could be considered a counterexample to the general trend of the US aspirations, although the forced reforms of the legislative system were not really the core of the change, as much as the will of the people of Japan and the emperor was.

Too bad we didn't have Wikileaks then.


By michael67 on 1/20/2012 1:37:40 PM , Rating: 1
Marshall did not force dutch parliamentarian laws to change, but it did suggested some reforms that ware taken over by parliament.

Hell Holland had the first recorded modern democratic system in the world (the governing the dutch waterways, channels and dikes)
Of topic for how is interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_board_%28Nether...


By amagriva on 1/20/2012 5:49:44 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe you yanks misunderstood something about enforcing democracy with waterboard


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