Justice Department Refuses To Give Up; Still Going After Peter Adekeye In Vindictive Lawsuit

from the please-stop dept

Wow! We keep pointing out how bills like Senator Amy Klobuchar's S.978 anti-streaming bill and Senator Patrick Leahy's PROTECT IP Act will be abused by US law enforcement, and we keep being told that those bills aren't "intended" to be used the way they could be. I think part of the problem is that people don't realize how the Justice Department and US Attorneys will sometimes stretch and twist the law just to go after someone.

Last month, we wrote about the absolutely ridiculous case by the US against former Cisco engineer Peter Adekeye. The details have to be read to be believed, but most of it only came to light because a Canadian judge absolutely blasted both Cisco and the US Attorneys for what clearly appeared to be an unnecessarily vindictive criminal prosecution against Adekeye because he filed an antitrust lawsuit against Cisco, after Cisco tried to block third party companies (such as one of Adekeye's) from accessing necessary patches to service certain Cisco equipment.

The whole story was horrifying, but we thought it ended in May when the judge let Adekeye go and gave the Justice Department a pretty big slap for its actions. But... no. Slashdot points us to the news that the Justice Department has just unveiled a new indictment against Adekeye over the same issue: basically someone at Cisco gave Adekeye a login to download patches, and he did exactly that. This is not, in any way, a matter that should involve the Justice Department. The judge in Canada made that clear. The story about Adekeye shows the Justice Department acting for bad reasons -- either incompetence, corruption or malice (pick any two!). And you would think that someone there might think twice before pushing ahead with bogus prosecution against Adekeye (who's finally back in Switzerland after being stuck in Canada for a year), but that's not how the US works.

And this is why we get very afraid when Congress looks to pass broad new legislation that may impact criminal statutes and the kinds of things that US Attorneys can charge people over. I'd like to believe that US Attorneys are good people trying to stop and punish crimes, but we've seen too many cases where it appears that their actions are incredibly questionable. I'm still hopeful that it's just a few bad seeds among the ranks of US Attorneys, but if we keep seeing stories like this...

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    President of the Anti-Fandom Association, 9 Aug 2011 @ 11:36am

    President of AFA

    As President of the Anti-Fandom Association (AFA), I would like to congratulate the Senate Judiciary Committee on considering the Protect-IP Act and the Commercial Felony Streaming Act. AFA encourages the Senate to pass both bills. We also urge the House Judiciary Committee to pass their own version of the two bills so that we can make Fandom illegal on the net. We also recommend a bill to require DRM-chips to be implanted in the brains of consumers to make sure they obey copyright, be uncreative, unproductive and buy our media products. Artists, publishers, and other media companies don't need fans.

    Fandom is criminal felony. Fair Use is a infringement felon's own word to steal properties. We will also require State and Federal government to install wireless surveillance cameras in residential homes in America and we will watch you and be sure you do nothing creative, productive, and/or infringe others work. We will put your child, you, your entire family in prison if we see one single drawing, one song, or one of anything you do in your house.

    Our Motto is: Be a fan, Go to Jail.

    So stay silent, don't do anything we don't like or you'll be labeled as a felon. No Job for Copyright felons.

    Protect our Intellect Property, throw fan nerds and consumers who defy and falsely criticize our companies in jail.

    Book em' and don't make them see the light.

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