In defense of torrents

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July 25, 2016
Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  
Posted in Commentary

"With much fanfare from the Department of Justice, the alleged operator of the largest torrent site, Artem Vaulin, was arrested in Poland and the website was seized. ... The DOJ is seeking to extradite Vaulin, who is Ukrainian, from Poland to the United States where he is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement for allegedly operating the website Kickass Torrents (KAT). ... there are a lot of similarities between the Silk Road and Kickass Torrents. First off, three simple facts of the Silk Road case: Ross Ulbricht created a website; people used the website to sell things that other people wanted to buy; Ross Ulbricht was sent to jail for the rest of his life. Now, three three simple facts of the KAT case: Artem Vaulin allegedly created a website; people used the website to share digital copies of things that other people wanted; Artem Vaulin could be sent to jail for the next 20 years." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/24/16)  

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  • dL

    Imagine if the old Soviet Union had extradited westerners(or tried to) for crimes against Marxist doctrine.

    The United States redefines the meaning of “totalitarianism” from total authority within a jurisdictional sphere to discretionary, jurisdictional authority ANYWHERE, meaning nowhere to run on the face of the planet for crimes against the United States.*** Further, if they could, they would extend their reach to the moon, the solar system, the milky way galaxy, the entirety of the visible universe.

    There is one big difference between Ulbricht and Vaulin. Vaulin is not a US citizien, his company is not incorporated in the United States, his website is not hosted in the US. The 4 US counts basically boil down to: in the state of Illinois, someone was able to open up a web browser and d/l a torrent link.

    One major shared similarity between the two is that the the Fatherland Stasi agent, Jared Der-Yeghiayan, who authored the affidavit against Vaulin was also a key state witness against Ulbricht. Technically, Fatherland Security was the victim of Ulbricht and Vaulin “crimes.”

    ***the only places to run are the same places American libertarians spend an inordinate time excoriating for being socialist failures.

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