Ashcroft Equates File Sharing To Terrorism, Drugs And Corruption
from the yeah,-okay... dept
It's been rumored for a while that the Justice Department was looking to start helping the entertainment industry defend their outdated business model, and here it comes. Attorney General John Ashcroft is now saying that the FBI will begin cracking down on intellectual property violations. Showing just how far out of touch he is, Ashcroft claimed that the FBI's fight against intellectual property misuse "must be as forceful and aggressive and successful as our response to terrorism and violent crime and drugs and corruption has been." Of course, I'd imagine that plenty of people would laugh at the idea that any of those responses could be categorized as a "success." In fact, with many of them, you could make a credible case to call them dismal failures. Chances are, though, Ashcroft is right. The war against file sharing will be just as successful. In other words, a ton of our taxpayer money will go into fighting it, but the end result won't do a damn thing to stop what they're trying to stop. Personally, if we have to be throwing money away on such bogus "wars," there are plenty that belong well above the list before reaching file sharing.