The Federal Bureau of Investigation moved against a group of suspected online pirates Thursday, targeting the popular file-sharing website megaupload.com a day after Washington lawmakers were besieged by complaints about legislation designed to crack down on the online sharing of pirated copies of music, movies and other material, people familiar with the matter said.
Investigators said there was no connection between arrests in their two-year investigation and the political firestorm that erupted this week over a pending vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act.
This is a big deal, and even if it’s not related to SOPA, the timing certainly does a lot to put it on the minds of those worried about the law.
It is related to SOPA/PIPA, in that there are already enforceable laws on the books to combat piracy. I’ll reserve judgement on what I think of this move by the FBI, as I haven’t looked in to the story, but one of the biggest reasons I find SOPA/PIPA threatening is because they make the internet harder for ordinary people to use, and don’t do anything to stop piracy so much as they do to drive it further underground.
Can I just point out that in most species it’s the female that selects who to mate with? ‘Cause the way Hank phrased it, it sounds like the singular active agent in the mating process is the male. Just sayin’