Thursday, May 26, 2005

Feds Crack down on Bitorrent site

President Bush signed a new law last month setting tough penalties of up to 10 years in prison for anyone caught distributing a movie or song prior to its commercial release.

"Today's crackdown sends a clear and unmistakable message to anyone involved in the online theft of copyrighted works that they cannot hide behind new technology," said John C. Richter, acting assistant attorney general.

via: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050526/ap_en_bu/movie_downloading

My take… this sends a strong and clear message to all the Star Wars fans that are buyng the merchandise, going to the theatre 3+ times to see the movie, spending the time and effort to download the movie for a post theatre fix, and will eventually buy all the variations of Lucas’s DVD collections, that they are not valued.  10 years for a kid downloading Star Wars… what if this was was a ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’ movie?  Let’s put those 8 yr. olds in prison!