[bc-gnso] FW: Article --" MegaBust's MegaQuestions Cloud the Net's Future"

Phil Corwin psc at vlaw-dc.com
Mon Feb 13 21:37:50 UTC 2012

I have just posted an article discussing the legal and policy implications of the Megaupload prosecution at http://www.circleid.com/posts/megabusts_megaquestions_cloud_the_nets_future/ .

The article discusses such matters as:

*         Where the dividing line now stands between civil and criminal copyright enforcement.

*         The rights (or lack thereof) of cyberlocker/cloud service users when their service provider is shut down by law enforcement.

*         The potential  impact of the prosecution on cyberlockers and other cloud services, particularly those with U.S. legal nexus.

*         The likelihood of similar prosecutions being brought in the future.

*          What the prosecution means for legislation targeting "rogue foreign websites".

*         The clash between the "war on piracy" and the evolution of the Internet and general purpose computing.

I hope you find the article to shed some reasonable light on these important issues, and would certainly appreciate any feedback.

Because some formatting of the piece was lost in posting (and its concluding sentence omitted!) I have attached a read-only version as well.

Thanks and best regards.

Philip S. Corwin, Founding Principal
Virtualaw LLC
1155 F Street, NW
Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20004

Twitter: @VlawDC

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