July 22, 2003

Terrorism and Piracy

Joi Ito points to this article: Ronald Noble, the secretary-general of Interpol, called for stronger law enforcement against piracy, since "it is becoming a preferred method of funding for a number of terrorist groups".

That might be a correct observation. Profits from copyright violations by organized crime are large and rising.

However, that doesn't make everyone who violates copyright a terrorist. So no one should try to take advantage of this situation to upgrade already strong rhetoric and label file exchanging college students as "terrorists".

But on the other hand, there is already a lot of colorful rhetoric in this debate, so maybe we can expect another upgrade.

Posted by Karl-Friedrich Lenz at July 22, 2003 08:01 PM | TrackBack
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