The thing is, whatever draconian legal processes they extract from various legislatures, regular folks will continue to simply download anyway. Throwing money at politicians will only serve to stop new ideas and innovative companies coming to the fore, it will do nothing to improve their bottom line. The Internet means they cannot keep the status quo - they already lost it.
Interestingly enough, even though there will plainly be no fair trial, the case so so thin, even a rabid copyright maximalist judge may have no choice but to throw it out. Either that, or it gets tossed on appeal. Heck, they haven't got the extradition yet...
The usage patterns are different. Using a locker for backup / large file transfer make tons of sense from a technical standpoint. The risks with pricks like the MPAA about is that these services get mangled into uselessness even if they are not taken out in a military raid.
It is a problem with all aid like this that it becomes imbued with the motivations and proclivities of the donors (be that governments, NGO's or private individuals). This is inescapable, even when the intentions are for the best. The realities on the ground and the nature of the work mean you have to get involved - you cannot give meaningful aid and stay detached, which is why it is really important to declare these things up front. Look at the mess in Haiti for a pretty much textbook case of how not do do it - and that is without the intelligence meddling.
There is a presumption of integrity in the requesting authority. If you didn't have doubts about the integrity of the US DOJ before, the recent revelations about spying, oversight, and the fact that Clapper hasn't been indicted pretty much seal it.
No, Not really. Remember, the US strategy was to incarcerate him and deny funds to mount any sort of defense, presumably because the case was underrepresented in legal wrongdoing to the same extent that the raid was over-muscled. Well, NZ courts, DotCom, and a bunch of lawyers weren't having that - which means the the US actually finds itself actually having to justify itself. So, no the US won't get a corrupt and cosy little plea deal and dotcom will fight every inch of the way. Quite right.
This is an unfortunate side effect of some rather lopsided extradition agreements rushed through after 9-11 - you know, they might have needed them for an actual terrorist (but stuck to extraordinary rendition [ie kidnapping] anyway). I believe the NZ supremes are following the law correctly - it's just that it's an appalling law. The US still has to show sufficient cause - which it is finding difficult... the NZ courts have already observed that several of the charges are ringers - oh - that is all the ones you could be extradited for...
US still has to show sufficient evidence as just cause - just not all of it. And they are going to have to show that for an extraditable offense. Since all of those on the indictment depend entirely in a quite laughable way on a non-extraditable offense [or maybe even non-offense], it is quite likely the extradition will be refused. That you admit it is more likely to be refused if the US releases the evidence shows that you admit just how weak the US case actually is.