Forget Slamming Spam, Ashcroft Wants Those Evil File Sharers
from the gotta-get-them! dept
While all the talk was about how John Ashcroft was supposed to announce a massive operation to bring down spammers, instead, we find out that he’s been spending Justice Department resources bothering ISPs and arresting file sharers. This comes just days after a Justice official claimed that the Department of Justice had no real interest in doing Hollywood’s dirty work. Of course, the details suggest that this action wasn’t really targeted at normal file sharers, but traditional warez networks. Still, that didn’t stop Ashcroft from giving the soundbite: “P2P… does not stand for ‘permission to pilfer.'” Considering that it looks like he wasn’t really going after P2P users at all, that statement seems a bit out of place.