Eh. Nope. Even the copymorons seem to be confused and we have pretty recent examples.
But the ISPs and the people could get clever: we will do so if there is a central copyright registry that lists each and every legit content and provide clear fair use guidelines because there is no way we can evaluate the copyright status of any unencrypted data flow as things are now.
Of course, encrypted connections, tunnels, proxies may render any password pretty useless. And regular pirates already use them anyway.
Is he really? He wasn't convicted in the UK for other supposed crimes as far as you can get from the article. And even if he is a criminal, loss of freedom is what the punishment should be. Not torture, not cruelty. And the US doesn't have a good reputation there.
Even if it's the worst of the criminals, going down to his/her level does no good.
Considering the atrocious, monstrous treatment Chelsea Manning is having to endure the guy is on for a living hell. And if he really tries the suicide route he'd better succeed or he'll be subjected to double the torture.
USA, land of the free, home of the brave. (read with intense sarcasm)
So the guy went through the proper channels, kept this inside as much as possible and was promptly ignored. Then when he got to Government - emphasis: Government - representative that has the power to oversee such abuses and rightfully lambasts the ones that should have done something the guy is persecuted.
Most transparent and whistleblower friendly administration my ass. The clear message is: throw shit in the fan as anonymously you can an let the public outrage do the job. Not worth going through official channels or being a true patriot.
Unless, of course, the end user can't not use the new protocols because the major infra-structure players have ditched the previous ones and are accepting the more secure. There could be a window where both the new and the old internet would work simultaneously as a transition effort (if possible) or at least where it would be widely communicated that things would change and then just flip off the switch. Sure, shit will happen but it's better than keep the frankenstein barely alive and ailing at every slight probe.
Sometimes you just need to take a one time hit that will cause major disruptions but will avoid worse problems in the future if nothing is done. Or if you duct-tape pseudo-solutions.
I wonder if North Korea can actually hack anything worthy. I mean, they seem to have last generation power Macs but connection speed may be an issue. Then again the US has Comcast and they still hack the hell out...
My thoughts. If you can't not lie then you should be extinct. It's like those 'too big to fail' cases or those huge environmental disasters. The companies, agencies behind should be closed if necessary, consequences be damned. They should have thought of the consequences before allowing the abuses in the first place.
Capitalism failed in addressing many problems even though it was never adopted in its 'pure' form. Much like Socialism. We will need to find either a new system os an hybrid that addresses the failures of each system.