Mon, Apr 19th 2010 7:37am
Before its recent ouster, the government in Krygyzstan began to crack down on pro-opposition media. In one case, Kyrgyz financial police raided Stan TV, an independent TV channel and shut it down by seizing all of its computers, it claimed, on the authority of Microsoft (via Boing Boing), because they were supposedly running pirated software. It should be stressed that Microsoft had nothing to do with this, it was solely an action of a repressive regime. But we've reached a point where a government seizing computers on behalf of private companies because of piracy is a believable excuse used to justify repression. Also, don't think it's something that can only happen under some repressive regime in a small country on the other side of the world. The FBI's done the bidding of the entertainment industry here in the US -- a role several entertainment industry groups would love to see grow.
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