Reminds me of the Iraqi information minister claiming with a straight face that the Americans had been repelled with American tanks pushing in behind him with little resistance. NSA has about the same level of credibility on this issue.
There are two things that would fix the vast majority of actual problems we see in copyright today: - put terms to something that isn't nuts. 10, 20 years, tops - require registration (which gets rid of most of the silly cases people will only register what has real commercial value)
Neither of these are in. I understand that these are political impossibilities at the moment - which is, as you say, not Reda's fault but a systemic problem.
As an individual, I can ignore copyright as the travesty it is, but there should be companies building businesses off the public domain that can't because stuff is locked up for forever -1 day, or should never have been locked up in the first place.
You would think there was a lesson here for the US gov: 1. You can hardly blame the Chinese [if it was them] when NSA is doing same 2. There is no excuse for not securing deeply personal info in your possession. Businesses are required by law to do that. Encrypt the data, air gap the really sensitive stuff 3. Breaking that encryption for your own purposes pretty much invalidates 2. Encryption is useless if it has a back door. Unfortunately the response to this will be nothing but red faced silence. What should really happen now is that the US get rid of all the intelligence staff compromised (this is a way bigger risk than Snowden) and start again. This lot are so corrupt, that is probably a good idea anyway.
NZ prosecutors found no case to answer. That is why there is no NZ case for this. You might also remember that they have been caught using 5-eyes (this is about terrorism?) and there is plainly some parallel construction going on (perjury, in fact). Then, they have shipped Andrus Nõmm half way around the world and jailed him for a year: for watching 2 movies. You know, if they had a case we might have seen something a little more solid on the accusation front by now...
Let me just get this straight: section 215 of the patriot act was being used to justify programs that it did not authorize, programs that have been declared unconstitutional and illegal, and now 215 has lapsed? Can anyone tell me that the NSA has actually stopped collecting data under that program?
The funny thing is, with all these data stacks, processing power and analysts, they still would NOT catch a Unabomber today. Nor do they seem interested in solving that problem, which is a shame as it is the direction they need to go to improve.
I think you are underestimating the scale of the computing power needed here. Even if the math is could, current processing power would not sift through an all permutations on the haystacks before the universe ended. Basically, to catch a terrorist this way, they have get very, very lucky.
I don't believe that the abuses of the intelligence community will be truly limited and stopped until those responsible for them are thrown in jail. Unfortunately, as Clapper has shown, this is very unlikely at the moment.