Fri, 14 Mar 2003

When you download MP3s, you're financing TERROR!

I just keep waiting for the moment when someone nudges me in the ribs and says "just kidding," but it never comes.

I think Tycho puts it best here:

John G. Malcolm, deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, did say there seems to be some connection between illegal copying and organized crime, in that many of the groups profiting from illegal copies are highly organized and can have international distribution networks. Organized crime often supports terrorism, he suggested.

"These groups will not hesitate to threaten or injure those who tend to interfere with their operations," Malcolm said.

This is the first statement I have ever read where Manga speechlessness - "..." - is the only valid response.

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