Jack-Booted Thugs and Copyright Enforcement

“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

“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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