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Copyright Snydicate Enforcers vs. Hollywood File Sharing Entrepreneurs

Here is the May 15 Business Week article "Hauling in the Hollywood Hackers".

The FBI, aided by a mole, did a sting operation against some movie file sharing entrepreneurs in California (including a programmer in Connectucut), who were convicted of "criminal copyright infringement," and are facing a total of 54 years in prison and large fines.

The article details how both the hacker-entrepreneurs and the FBI enforcers work. The enforcers mostly go after the top tier of the hackers' network instead of either the lower tiers or the end users, who presumably are also criminals, at least under the copyright statutes. The FBI did arrest an employee of a movie theatre in St. Louis, who loaded a copy of a movie onto the server of a hacker group.

FBI agent Julia B. Jolie compares it to a "gang war." Who's the gang and who's fighting the war?

Free the Hollywood Hackers!

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