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Anti-piracy enforcement vs. a functional Internet

The Times’ Richard Verrier offered a compelling piece today about online piracy’s effect on indie filmmakers, noting how Greg Carter’s “A Gangland Love Story” (an updated take on “Romeo and Juliet” with rival black and Latino gangs) had found its way onto at least 60 bootlegged-movie websites. We can quibble about Carter’s estimate of the monetary damage — he says he’s lost $100,000 in revenue — but there’s no defense for the sites and uploaders who’ve made Carter’s work available for free.

This piece notes the introduction of COICA and raises questions about bill.  The piece goes on to reference a CDT report on the bill’s shortcomings.