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The long arm of U.S. copyright law

copyright symbolMy, my, how convenient. What fortuitous timing. A major Internet file-sharing site based in Hong Kong,, was shut down yesterday, just a day after America’s anti-SOPA/PIPA blackout. New Zealand authorities arrested the site’s founder, Kim Dotcom, a dual citizen of Finland and Germany living in New Zealand, for violation of U.S. copyright laws.

If that sounds circuitous and far-fetched, that’s because it is. But some of the allegedly pirated content was hosted on servers in Virginia, and that was enough for U.S. prosecutors to act. Mind you, this was done under existing U.S. law.

And yet America’s entertainment industry and many others* insist they need still more power; they still need SOPA/PIPA.

Frightening, isn’t it?

* SOPA supporters, PIPA supporters


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