27 Dec '11, 9pm

#security Legislation alone can't stop piracy

After the payroll tax cut, the hottest issue animating Washington these days is online piracy. Legislation to curb overseas Internet sites that purvey pirated copies of movies, television shows and other creative content is steadily advancing. Arms are being twisted, campaign checks written and competing experts trotted out in a Titanic struggle between the film industry (in favour of cracking down on the pirates) and technology companies (against anything that blocks the free flow of information over the Internet). Under existing law, television networks and film studios can simply request that websites remove pirated videos. Sites must quickly take down the content to avoid a lawsuit. The system works - without stifling anyone's Internet use. But because some overseas websites exist solely to distribute bootleg content, and are beyond the reach of United States' law, Hol...

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