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The prince of piracy.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by jdog37, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. jdog37

    jdog37 Power Member

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    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?
     
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  2. Fwiffo

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    under proposed SOPA, you'd get 5 years for downloading a michael jackson song - meanwhile, the guy who killed him only got 4......
     
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    Up to 5 years for not paying licensing fees that amount to $2500 or more, downloading a song for personal use is no where near $2500 in licensing fees,its like less then $1.
     
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    Its funny how murders are getting less time than internet pirates.
     
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    It was negligent homicide,not murder.
     
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    So this guy is the Founder of Pirates everywhere Cudos :D
     
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    damn i used to sell this stuff with him in LA but i got away :p :D
     
  8. MrSmith

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    each work is valued at up to $150,000 so sure it does come with a 5 year prison sentence for downloading 1 song.
     
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    Value of a work, is not the same as a license.
     
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    then how did they figure that the charge was 80,000 per song for this woman?
    Code:
    http://articles.cnn.com/2009-06-18/justice/minnesota.music.download.fine_1_jury-instructions-fined-sheryl-crow?_s=PM:CRIME
     
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    The whole MegaUpload fiasco has a "Psch-Ops" feel about it. There is some manipulation going on.
     
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    i do agree with the OP`s statement...
    ...to me it also looks like they waited for the right time to bust megaupload - because the have been in the game long enough and it is known for long enough what they are being used for.

    if this is the case - then we do already know that they absolutely will bring kim to the states and punish him there.
    then others in the industry do know what time it is.
     
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    5 years for 1 song?
    IMHO, I personally think murders, rapists, etc. are getting less time in prison than internet pirates because the US government cares more about $$money$$ than it does for human beings.

    Peace!
     
  14. jdog37

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    That is a civil suit not a criminal case and it goes a hell of a lot deeper than what the article you posted lets on.
     
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    I just watched the whole movie. It was very interesting.
    I can't believe how he got away so many times!
     
  16. uditbhansali

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    I ended up watching the documentary.. :)

    Here is Johnny's facebook profile

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    http://www.facebook.com/PrinceofPiracy?ref=ffa
     
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    Shucks really? Only 4 yrs ?? That's a shocker man.