November 07, 2005

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Bit Torrent Guy Deserves Jail

As you may well know, the first person worldwide successfully prosecuted and sent to jail for using the software BitTorrent was Chan Nai-Ming, aka "Big Crook." He has been put away for illegally downloading and distributing "Red Planet", "Miss Congeniality" and "Daredevil."

I know as bloggers we often tend to have sympathy for such people. But doesn't he deserve the slammer for his lousy taste in movies?

posted by HK Dave on 11.07.05 at 08:06 PM in the Hong Kong category.


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Thank God we're not in Singapore. They'd probably spare him the rattan but him watch those movies over and over again.

posted by: Simon on 11.07.05 at 09:24 PM [permalink]

Ha Ha! Shades of A Clockwork Orange...! Makes for an interesting blog meme: what would be the one movie you would hate most to be forced to watch over and over again?

I was actually forced to watch Dr. Doolittle on the plane twice on United returning from the US, and that was bad...but in terms of someone forcing my eyelids open, condemned to eternity sort of sisyphean movie-watching, I would have to say Alexander. Or maybe Highlander 2.

posted by: HK Dave on 11.07.05 at 09:34 PM [permalink]

for bad taste, yes.

for the guilt he was charged for, hmm.
HK judges are notoriously sloppy.

it was $2000 fine for a lousy movie upload in Sweden. maybe that guy had better taste.

and none of the bittorent websites got sued. they were just asked to shut down the site.

posted by: sun bin on 11.08.05 at 02:36 AM [permalink]

Clearly another case of religious perspecution

""For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared"

posted by: Dan tdaxp on 11.08.05 at 06:40 AM [permalink]

Well, I think Hong Kong is trying to make a point on intellectual property these days, and is taking a non-triad dominated area of intellectual property violation with which to do it.

As for the St. Augustine quote Dan, well, 5th century Roman North Africa probably didn't have too much of a conception of intellectual property. I am not scholar of the scriptures, but I do remember a certain commandment that said: "Thou shalt not steal."

posted by: HK Dave on 11.08.05 at 07:18 AM [permalink]

Was that "Miss Congeniality" or "Miss Congeniality 2"? I'll reserve judgment until answered.

posted by: b h on 11.08.05 at 08:06 PM [permalink]

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