New Study: Online "Cyberlockers" Facilitating Piracy
Happy "International Talk Like a Pirate Day," which can make for a bit of harmless office fun on a Friday.
Unfortunately, real piracy of the online variety is no laughing matter. It costs the American economy billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs each year, and even threatens life and health through such things as counterfeit drugs.
This week, a new report was released highlighting the role played by online "cyberlockers" in facilitating worldwide piracy. Entitled "Behind the Cyberlocker Door: A Report on How Shadowy Cyberlocker Businesses Use Credit Card Companies to Make Millions," the report from Digital Citizens Alliance cogently introduces and explains the nature of this problem:
Rogue 'cyberlocker' operators peddling stolen content are making nearly $100 million…[more]
“The President and federal agencies may not ignore statutory mandates or prohibitions merely because of policy disagreements with Congress.”
That rudimentary truth, familiar to any freshman political science major, should not be necessary instruction for a former professor of constitutional law like Barack Obama. The fact that it is necessary underscores the depth of lawlessness to which his administration has descended.
On a more optimistic note, however, two new judicial rebukes this week, notable for their harsh terms, show that he remains subject to some degree…
"Testifying on Wednesday to the Senate, Kerry issued a stern declaration: 'ISIL must be defeated. Period. End of story.' Not the most wisely crafted of declarations: The punctuational emphasis carried unfortunate echoes of Obama’s promise about health-care plans, and the word 'must' carried similar echoes of Obama’s assertions that Bashar al-Assad had to go. But Kerry’s statement…[more]