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Jack-Booted Thugs and Copyright Enforcement

Sep 16, 2010, 00:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Esguerra)

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"When it comes to copyright enforcement and the government, EFF frequently warns that giving government agents a reason to censor, search, seize, and indict must be taken very seriously. Without safeguards and a thorough accounting of the consequences, laws and policies targeting so-called "pirates" can be used pry away human rights and undermine fundamental elements of democracy and freedom.

"We saw damning evidence of this unfold this past weekend. On Saturday, the New York Times broke news of Russian law enforcement officers raiding an environmental group's offices and confiscating computers. What excuse did the police officers give for raiding the environmental group? Because Russian security services were investigating claims (unfounded, as it turned out) that the group had unauthorized copies of Microsoft software."

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