Ever sent someone a link to a copyrighted YouTube video? Of course: Everybody has. And now the US Government seems to think that means it can put us in prison.
Bryan McCarthy ran a website, channelsurfing.net, that linked to various websites where you could watch online streams of TV shows and sports networks. A couple months ago, the government seized his domain name and just today they arrested him for criminal copyright infringement.
But the government doesn’t even allege he made a copy of anything! Just that his site linked to various sites with copyrighted material. Under that sort of thinking, everyone who’s sent around a link to a copyrighted YouTube video is a criminal.
This is another shocking overreach by the department of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — a steamship-era department that’s proving once again it doesn’t understand the Internet. We need to push back — and fast — before they try to lock up all Americans.
In Ecclesiastes 1:9 the Word of God proclaims that there is nothing new under the sun.
What about this swine flu? The media frenzy sure makes it look like this is a brand new threat that could cause widespread peril to all mankind and wipe tens of millions from the face of the Earth. OK, maybe I exaggerate a bit.
The swine flu case of 1976 forever reduced confidence in public health pronouncements from the government and helped foster cynicism about federal policy makers that continues to this day. — 1976: Fear of a great plague
So, before you head for the hills, stock up on Tamiflu, or start calling for mass inoculation, we might want to pause and review a bit of history.