basically if the total cost of investigating a infringement case is 20, and now it's costing $19 to the industry and $1 to the customer, they want to flip it to cost $0.01 for industry and $19.99 for the customers and ISPs (but mostly customers since they are the one fighting the false positives)
Classic industry move to try to move the cost to externality.
The principle sounds like an person who is basically "playing by the books" so he doesn't have to take any responsibilities. He's basically saying, "Let the law deal with it, I am just a small town principal and I have nothing and will have nothing to do with this fiasco. Oh, and btw please don't fire me"
The prosecutor sounds a bit more reasonable. What we are finding is that public servants are using less and less "discretionary power" because they don't want to take any responsibility that may jeopardize their job/position. That's why almost in every single case they just went ahead with prosecution without using their head first.
I am afraid to say that the prosecutor may only be using discretion only because of the number of students involved. The idiom "Too big to fail" seems appropriate here.
Be a lesson to you kids, if you want to do this, grab another 99 friends with you so the justice system won't just sweep you under the rag without thinking.
If that sounds idiotic, it is, and that's what this broken and fearful American society has grow into with their tough on crime and fear-monger law making.
I think the government would have a much easier time going after the iPhone backup file on the computer, which are way more likely to be unencrypted, instead of wasting time trying to unencrypt the actual phone.
It's shocking that a journalist believes privacy or anonmity are not important. Was he really a journalist or a hack?
Since he doesn't believe in privacy or anonymity, and trust the government/NSA so much, I would like Mr. Corvitz to put all his past sources and tipsters' name in a big spreadsheet and store it on a shared network drive on his computer, while emailing a copy to himself for safekeeping.
“It does a terrible disservice to law enforcement, and maybe to the public” he said. “It really does impede our investigation because now we have to get off our asses and do some actual work instead of looking through someone's naughty pictures on their phone! Oh the horrors!"