BullBearMS: This kid's real crime was that he led the fight to stop the RIAA and MPAA from being allowed to censor the internet with their SOPA/PIPA legislation.Accessing a website from an unlocked closet is the excuse they used to hound him to death.When even the "victim" of the crime asks for the charges to be dropped and has since made all it's contents freely available to the general public, you'd have to be an idiot or a sock puppet to claim this kid deserved decades in prison.This kid pissed off rich people and the politicians they own had him hounded, quite literally, to death.
xynix: Doing illegal stuff usually gets you prosecuted.
t3knomanser: Considering he and the alleged victim reached an understanding without needing Federal charges being filed, and the unlikelyhood of any kind of recidivism along these lines, it's a perfect example of where prosecutorial discretion comes into play.
Kinek: Agreed. This, along with the nebulous nature of the crime of Computer fraud, which seems to be the catch-all term for 'You did something that we don't like with a computer. Whether that's DDOS the Dow, or break the TOS on Imgur it's all the same'. It really is one of those laws thats been twisted to be a prosecuters Swiss army knife, rather than to indicate any damage or egregiousness.
Giltric: As someone else in another thread said..."all the stuff he copied was available for free elsewhere"Well maybe he should have copied it from those places and kept out of trouble.
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