Like in the Old West, every site accused of piracy is entitled to a fair trial followed by a hanging; only under the DMCA the judge can skip right over the trial and head straight to the noose.
As I noted here a while back, the number of alleged copyright violations filed with Google has skyrocketed since last spring. The graph charting the number of removal requests per week now looks the slope of K2. During the last week of September rights holders submitted nearly 1.8 million takedown requests to Google; that's six times as many as they did during the last week of April.
At the time I thought it was the Copyright Cartel opening yet another front in its war on the Internet. But now I'm thinking this may also be due to some really wonky algorithms used by these copyright rent-a-cops that trap an enormous number of false positives.
Extremely aggressive policing combined with flawed software and brain-dead legislation -- it's a perfect storm of stupidity. In theory, our judicial system at least attempts to avoid punishing the innocent, even if it doesn't always succeed. The DMCA has no such restrictions.
It is yet another reason why Congress needs to flush that law down the toilet and come up with a better way of protecting the rights of both content owners and the rest of us. If that's even possible, of course.
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This article, "Windows 8 pirates: No noose is good noose," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.