It is pretty ironic that the crackdown on illegal file sharing targets people that the entertainments industry calls ‘pirates’, when in the public consciousness pirates are part of the nation’s heritage and freedom.
Thanks in part to Johnny Depp, pirates are also a big part of the world that children grow up in.
The debate around file sharing is still contentious, with industry pressing internet service providers to make illegal file sharers ‘walk the plank’ by having their internet access cut off, while public interest campaigners argue that the rules are designed by rampant vested interests and would make law-breakers of us all.
For a reasoned account of this, stripped of references to skull or crossbones, here is a talk at the Intellectual Property Crime Group by my colleague Jill Johnstone.
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