The Kim Dotcom case matters alot more to the larger internet world that most realize. It will set standard and a bar that will be hard to undo in the coming years. We all know that the case is on shaky grounds and loose ideals. We also know MPAA is in the middle of it. Many, including myself, believe that some people in the Department of Justice have corruptions issues as well.
It is bigger than Kim Dotcom
This is a quote from the MPAA’s President during the 2012 election. Btw, he is also a former Senator himself.
Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake. (Chris Dodd, Former Senator from Connecticut)
Several comments from Dodd and others seem to paint a picture of “I scratch your back, you scratch mine.” This not the actions of a Republic or a democratic system but it is still happening. It could mean several problems down the road for the technology community.
While using “piracy” as the drumbeat, it has some several far reaching issues. Issues that could break the internet as we know it. Censorship is never positive. If Hollywood can “buy” a case in US courts against Kim Dotcom and his company for shady claims, where would this end? Could company assassination become common place? They did successful take Pirate Bay down for a month in 2015 too.
I do not think piracy is good and it is even pretty dumb from a developer point of view. Unless you really know your stuff, you could have key loggers, root kits and black hat stuff in the code you downloaded illegally. Most people don’t upload the script because they are passionate about piracy. That’s a given.
However, I am also getting MPAA working hand in hand with Department of Justice to destroy website they don’t like. That is equally uncalled for.
This is not about Kim Dotcom anymore. This is about you now.