So I guess this means all out war by the government, for corporations, against citizens.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder urged Americans to fink on their neighbors and report intellectual-property offenses like popping or hawking unapproved pharmaceuticals and downloading music and movies illegally.

The announcement at the White House came as the Justice Department kicked off a public campaign against intellectual-property theft, which like all successful wars against societal scourges, will have public-service announcements on MTV.

“Fortunately, we can all be part of the solution. Anyone who suspects an IP crime can visit cybercrime.gov, fbi.gov, or iprcenter.gov to report suspected offenses,” Holder said. “The public’s proactive attention to these issues can help us to disrupt the sale of illegal goods; to prosecute the individuals, gangs, and international criminal organizations that profit from these activities; and to stop those who would exploit the ingenuity of others for monetary gain.”

So far there’s no word on what kind of reward you’ll get for reporting your teen sister for using an app to turn a Miley Cyrus YouTube video into an MP3, but surely you’ll get at least a Scouting badge for your loyalty to Big Content and the American Way.

Altogether now, “If you see something, say something!”



  1. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    “intellectual-property offenses like popping or hawking unapproved pharmaceuticals …”

    Why is that an intellectual property matter and not an illicit drug matter.

    It wasn’t until the former East Germany ceased to exist that its citizens saw the files compiles by the Stasi.

  2. Bob73 says:

    I’m sure that soon they’ll make it so that you can anonymously report anyone at all for anything your sick mind can make up. I get the impression that’s what Mr Holder would like.