smb at cs.columbia.edu
Thu Jan 19 19:19:34 PST 2012
On Jan 19, 2012, at 10:07 PM, Suresh Ramasubramanian wrote:
> I would agree. They've dotted every i and crossed every t here.
> This will inevitably be followed by a prosecution of some sort and/or
> there's also scope for Megaupload to sue the USG for restitution.
> It'll be interesting to see how this pans out - especially wrt any
> safe harbor provisions in the DMCA for providers (which do have a
> provision for due diligence being exercised etc).
Note this from the NY Times article:
The Megaupload case is unusual, said Orin S. Kerr, a law professor
at George Washington University, in that federal prosecutors obtained
the private e-mails of Megauploadbs operators in an effort to show they
were operating in bad faith.
"The government hopes to use their private words against them," Mr. Kerr
said. "This should scare the owners and operators of similar sites."
And see 17 USC 512(c)(1)(A) (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/512.html)
for why that's significant.
--Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
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