Attorney General Mukasy Claims Piracy Funds Terrorism
from the oh-please dept
Still, what's most interesting is that he doesn't seem to indicate much of a difference between merely copying content and "counterfeiting," which would be passing off a fake good as a legitimate one. Counterfeiting is more akin to "trademark" in that it's really about customer protection (making sure you're not buying Bob's Cola thinking that it's Coca Cola). It's understandable to be upset about counterfeiting -- but the problem is that two separate impartial government agencies have both found that counterfeiting isn't that big a problem, and it's regularly exaggerated by lobbyists.
Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that any of these nuances have made it to the AG's office. Instead, he's just lumped all piracy and counterfeiting issues into one single category and labeled it all a big problem and linked it to "terrorism" so that no one questions it. And rather than assigning more Justice Department officials to work on real problems and real crimes, he's been beefing up the "IP" group, increasing prosecutions 33% in the last couple of years. Is this really the best use of our taxpayer money?