They do whatever they want, actively backed up by police and other agencies whose salaries are met by taxpayers whom they’re supposed to protect.
And government administrations elected by the same people — including Obama’s — either stand by and watch, or are complicit.
ACTA and the Three Strikes campaign are only the front end.
Now judge Fernando J. Gaitan (right) has ordered Robert Henderson, 42, to be jailed for two years and pay $24,738 in “restitution” for “using a digital camera to camcord ‘The Dark Knight’ on July 18, 2008″, says the Hollywood Examiner.
For copyright infringement.
Because after a multi-million-dollar media, political lobbying and outright bribery campaign on the parts of Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music, and Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, Viacom, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures, principally, this simple and, to most people, obscure commercial matter, has been elevated to the level of rape and burglary.
Said a DoJ press release last year >>>
Henderson was apprehended as part of an investigation by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). MPAA investigators discovered a digital copy of the movie “Hancock” that was made available for people to download from the Internet. The Internet video was identified as having been recorded in the East Glenn theater. MPAA investigators were sent to the Lee’s Summit theater to investigate and do surveillance during the weekend of the release of “The Dark Knight.” Henderson was seen entering the movie theater carrying a winter coat, which seemed suspicious in July, then appeared to be operating a video camera hidden underneath the coat during the movie. Investigators confronted Henderson, seized his video camera and called the police. Henderson’s camera also contained a recording of “Hell Boy 2″ and a partial recording of “The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian.”
While executing a search warrant at Henderson’s residence, police detectives discovered numerous counterfeit DVDs and several computers. A total of 1,240 counterfeit DVDs were recovered from Henderson, representing a total loss to the MPAA of $24,738.
“We are grateful to everyone involved in the apprehension and prosecution of this defendant and want to particularly thank Beth Phillips, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri; Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew P. Wolesky; the Lee’s Summit Police Department; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the Hollywood Examiner has MPAA employee Mike Robinson saying.
Hollywood and Big Music routinely use state and federal law and enforcement staff for company business.
But “Hollywood always somehow forgets to mention many, if not most, of the movies which show up on P2P filesharing networks arrive there thanks to Hollywood insiders”, said p2pnet recently, adding this was first detailed by AT&T labs almost exactly six years ago in Analysis of Security Vulnerabilities in the Movie Production and Distribution Process.
The AT&T report said of a total of 285 movies researchers sampled on the P2P networks, 77% were leaked by industry ‘insiders’.
And the trend continues. But it’s never mentioned that Sony’s electronics arm is principal among the companies manufacturing tiny, easily concealed cameras and other equipment of the kind typically used by ‘pirates’.
Gaitain was a Southwestern Bell Telephone company lawyer before named as a state trial and appellate judge by George W. Bush.
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