How to fix the worst law in technology


7 Responses to “How to fix the worst law in technology”

  1. chorizo says:

    Just like he stopped enforcing federal drug laws against medical marijuana. Don’t hold your breath.

  2. Pope Ratzo says:

    You might as well scream this into a windstorm for all the good it will do. 

    As long as wealth is the greatest measure of legality, there will be more Aaron Schwartz who get crushed.  And more Jon Corzines and bankers who realize untold profits from illegal activity who will never be held to account or inconvenienced by conscience.  Corporations are the new institutions of the law.  They make them, they enforce them, and they benefit from them.

    “Too big to jail”, is the phrase that pays.  Unfortunately, the underside of that rule is that the little ones are all imprisoned, one way or the other.

    This isn’t a prediction, it is a description of the world we’ve been living in for at least the past 30 years.  Supply-side legal system, and we are the supply.  Consumer economy and we are the consumables.

  3. lafave says:

    Waiting on Obama to do the right thing – hilarious.

  4. asuffield says:

    My observation here is that this configuration of government is probably not what you want, because it’s set up the appointed supreme court as the defenders of civil liberty and the elected politicians as the ones responsible for attacking it.

  5. howaboutthisdangit says:

    ….federal prosecutors don’t bother with minor cases—they only go after the really bad guys.

    “Bad” is highly subjective.  Prosecutors looking for easy wins have no problem bringing out the big guns to go after little guys.  They will slap a “bad” label on any case they choose, regardless of size or importance.

    • scav says:

      Exactly. I can’t believe they are touting selective enforcement as a weak reassurance that over-broad laws aren’t so bad, when selective enforcement is always the fucking *problem* with over-broad laws.

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