Private justice: How Hollywood money put a Brit behind bars

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    Industry-funded prosecution leads to 4-year sentence for SurfTheChannel owner.

    Anton Vickerman, 38-year old owner of the once popular link site surfthechannel.com (STC), was
    sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday by a British judge. But the prosecutors sitting across
    the courtroom from him didn't work for the Crown—they were lawyers for the movie studio trade group
    Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

    FACT, not public officials in the UK, was the driving force behind Vickerman's prosecution. Indeed,
    FACT effectively took on the role of a private law enforcement agency. Private investigators hired by
    FACT first identified Vickerman as the administrator of STC and built the case against him. His assets
    were frozen at FACT's request by a government agency—which was itself funded by FACT. And when
    the UK's public prosecutors decided not to press charges against Vickerman at all, FACT initiated a
    criminal prosecution on its own dime.


    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/08/private-justice-how-hollywood-money-put-a-brit-behind-bars/
     
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    The Corporatocracy acts not-so clandestinely. :eek:

    We're fucking doomed.
     
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    Pick your tooth after your done eating. :belch:
     
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    I now realize how stupid of question I asked. :facepalm:
     
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    Did you see the Feds dropped a case against a Panamanian doctor that ran a pill mill in the US because he case took up close to 5% of the storage capabilities of their computer system. They are saying they had too much evidence and had to make room for other cases. http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/08/feds_drop_charges_against_miam.php
     
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    It's just getting downright depressing to watch how powerful corporations are getting.