The first big wave of consumer electronics that could be used for infringement came from Japan - cassette recorders, VCRs, scanners - and Japan became a financial powerhouse based partially on sales of these devices.
Then their economy crashed and now, apparently in an attempt to make sure that it stays crashed, the police are arresting people for using all of the awesome electronics they build.
Also, isn't it comforting that DtecNet / MarkMonitor are going to be the ones responsible for going after people under the new six strikes program? Stories like this really add confidence to the idea that they're going to make a complete mess of the whole thing.
God, let's hope so.
The sooner this kind of stuff (six degrees of striking) fails and is abandoned, the better off everyone will be.
Foward to the days when the legacy web-enabled entertainment industry is trying to prevent people from getting neural implants loaded with all the world's entertainment and knowledge.
I'm not skilled enough to make this, but I'd love to see a chart which graphs the top 100 or so corporations based on their level of Corruption Laundering.
The rankings could be by the estimated amount of damage done to the economy, or the level of lies, obfuscation or misdirection engaged in. Or perhaps by the size of donations to government officials overseeing relevant regulatory bodies.
This would be a great thing to be able to point people to when they were considering a purchase.
I could see it as a counterpoint to the USTR's bogus 301 report and perhaps, if it got enough notice, corporations would start trying to stay low in the rankings or off the damn thing altogether.
(A quick Google search for "corporate corruption index" shows up some rankings for countries, but there doesn't seem to be anything for corporations yet.)