While I'm hoping this weblog will continue past this semester's demise, here's one last parting shot just in case.
BitTorrent mega-site Suprnova.org has been shut down.
The website creators got a little scared at the MPAA's recent gustappo tactics and decided that closing down the website was probably the safest plan of action. And who can blame them? Finnish (yes...Finland) police raided a website that purported to have torrent files for over 10,000 illegal movies, music, and software.
So now we've got an international policing of America's copyrights. Anyone else just a bit scared of the possibilities of this? Global copyright protection is the next wave of the copyright battle. America and the few big businesses in it that own a lion's share of the creative works are trying to put pressure on foreign countries through the WTO and other trade related organizations to comply with our increasingly stringent copyright laws. So now we have instances like the Finnish police goin SWAT style on website owners, and legitimate sites like Project Gutenberg Australia being forced to take down publicy allowed works from their website. I guess now you can rob a bank and move to mexico to escape jurisdiction, but you cant escape the long arm of copyright owners...