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DOJ to Go After Swappers

Declan McCullagh says Justice will prosecute “world’s largest copy machine”:

    The U.S. Department of Justice is prepared to begin
    prosecuting peer-to-peer pirates, a top government official said on Tuesday.
    John Malcolm, a deputy assistant attorney general, said Americans should
    realize that swapping illicit copies of music and movies is a criminal
    offense that can result in lengthy prison terms.

    “A lot of people think these activities are legal, and they think they ought
    to be legal,” Malcolm told an audience at the Progress and Freedom
    Foundation’s annual technology and politics summit.

    Malcolm said the Internet has become “the world’s largest copy machine” and
    that criminal prosecutions of copyright offenders are now necessary to
    preserve the viability of America’s content industries. “There does have to
    be some kind of a public message that stealing is stealing is stealing,”
    said Malcolm, who oversees the arm of the Justice Department that prosecutes
    copyright and computer crime cases.

    In an interview, Malcolm would not say when prosecutions would begin. The
    response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks temporarily diverted the
    department’s resources and prevented its attorneys from focusing on this
    earlier, he said….

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