Saw this yesterday on "I almost got away with it" on discovery channel I think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p248Tvk7M1Q It's like 43 minutes long and less than half of that has anything to do with my point in posting this. Supposedly this guy Johnny Ray Gasca was the first person to start recording movies in the theater and selling pirated copies on the street. He started out taping kung-fu movies which had no copyright so he could sell the copies legally. But he decided to move to the dark (and more lucrative) side and began pirating copyrighted material. Well long story short... he gets busted of course. Two or three times if I remember right but anyway. His whole ordeal and the court case was brought before congress to make it a federal offense to copy movies, record movies, or even to think about copying movies. (see the last 2-3 minutes) That means if you buy Shrek on dvd and your kid only has a vcr in their room. You could go to prison for 5 years if you copy that dvd to a vcr tape so your kid can watch it 3 times in a row up in her room while you watch the ball game and fall asleep on the couch. Anyway.... The MPAA used this particular case to rally congress to pass these laws. It just makes me think that the charges against Kim Dotcom and the other defendants in the megaupload case came at an awfully strategic time. Of course I am talking about SOPA and PIPA. Its not in the house, the senate, or even obamas hands anymore. It is in the court system now and all the online petitions and public outcry don't mean shit there. I did not graduate high school and I slept through US Government classes in school. So I do not pretend to know how this can turn out but I am looking forward to the opinions of all you smart peoples here. I also am not into conspiracy theories but the timing and convenience here makes it look like the government can't kiss Hollywoods ass by passing the bills but the FBI can take down a major thorn in their ass. Criminal charges are gonna lead to civil suits and this whole fiasco has just begun. All the way to the supreme court in my opinion. What do ya'll think?