[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/02/SFXZO8.jpg[/newsimage]We have highlighted situations in the past where entertainment industry groups, including the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland (BREIN), have been allowed by government officials to take the law into their own hands. There is also a similar organization in the UK that has been overseeing copyright infringement cases, but one lawyer is speaking out against the group stating that they’ve taken their authority too far. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/fact-oversteps-legal-boundaries-in-piracy-cases-lawyer-claims-40630/](http://www.myce.com/news/fact-oversteps-legal-boundaries-in-piracy-cases-lawyer-claims-40630/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Has the English police announced that FACT is a duly trained, sworn, bonded and licensed extension of their Legal arm? Have the English courts accepted this announcement from English Law Enforcement?
Without official training, bonding, licensing, let alone voting by the public, etc., you are merely giving one side of the case (FACTS) intimate information about the other side of the case - without doing the same for the other side. Shouldn’t those being prosecuted have the same right to FACTS computers? After all, FACTS isn’t without a “conflict of interests” in what they find - therefore, could hardly be deemed an unbiased or trustworthy source of information.
Considering what hackers can do to data, I’d say the moment the computers left the custody of the police, nothing on them could or should be admissable in court because of a break in the chain of evidence?
And, we wonder why people think there’s a need for Anonymous and Wiki Leaks!
"The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT)…"
Another instance of the desire to become an acronym utterly trumping the desire to have a sensible name. One can infringe copyright, and one can thieve copyrighted material, but successfully thieving a copyright would require a level of finesse seldom seen.
Also: does anyone else find the inclusion of editorializing and/or first-person singular and other forms of author self-reference in these news posts a bit off-putting?
It seems the world governments are ignoring the will of the people and only listening to corporations. Viva Revolution!