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. KMFIX says:

    They really want a revolution.

  2. Glenn E. says:

    BTW, in case you doubted what I said about Valium use, in the military.

    http://cchrint.org/tag/valium/

    • jpfitz says:

      Valium is candy compared to Oxycontin. A good portion of the young going into battle are already pillheads. Though mixing the drugs I’ve mentioned is a recipe for disaster.

  3. ReadyKilowatt says:

    “Don’t suspect a friend… Report him”

    http://etsy.com/listing/44807981/dont-suspect-a-friend-report-him

  4. soundwash says:

    HOW ABOUT first, the government return the collective “IP” of all the suppressed technology and real history it has stolen and stashed away in the name of “national security” to the people before it continues its divide and conquer tyranny on the people by further by coaxing them to be mindless snitches for the now worthless USD for which it is also 100% responsible for destroying?

    The nerve.

    -s

  5. Lou Minatti says:

    I am not sure why you Barack Obama fans are complaining. You got what you wanted, so suck it up and quit your whining.

    • msbpodcast says:

      Boy Lou, you’ve gota real hard on for blaming everything on Obama, don’ cha?

      Many of the problems we’re struggling with go back even further than that.

      The health care debacle goes back to Nixon picking Humana to take care of our health, when it really taking care of Humana’s bottom line by making all employers pay for health care.

      Absolutely every other nation to the north, south, east and west of the US that isn’t some third world cesspit has single payer health care.

      Why is the US’s health care delivery on par with Haiti’s and Zimbabwe’s? Because we only look at the very short term*. Americans absolutely stink at risk assessment and decision making.

      Why are we dying of fat?

      Because we never questioned the wisdom of Earl Butz and the switching over to mono-cultures, feed-lots factory farms, and basing the entire food industry on corn.

      Why is Bis-Phenol-A** present in the cells of every living human being on the planet?

      Because we never questioned the wisdom of putting something non-biodegradable on the inside of our food cans.

      Why is a maintenance problem in a single food processing plant suddenly responsable for deaths all over the country?

      Because in our “winner take all” mentality we never questioned if we weren’t placing our food production at bigger risk.

      There examples of such systemantic failures all over the economy.

      The biggest myth of American management is that there is any.

      *) Thinking only one move ahead wins you absolutely no games of chess and make you the pawn of every punk who can see a few more possibilities.

      **) Nota good thing.

      • Dallas says:

        I REALLY like your posts !!

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        I’ve got a buddy who says the same things, but during a recent experiment, we put his brain on the edge of a razor, and it looked like a pea rolling down a four lane highway.

    • ubiquitous talking head says:

      Shut up. This is the legacy of Dick “He’s A Killer” Cheny.

  6. You says:

    Senators trying to turn USA into “battlefield” to deploy US military in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

    http://aclu.org/blog/national-security/senators-demand-military-lock-american-citizens-battlefield-they-define-being

  7. Jim says:

    I understand that Obama says he will veto it. I’m sure that the Fox repulicons will drag him through the mud for being soft on terror.

    • dittmv says:

      He will veto it the same way Bush vetoed most things, with a signing statement.

  8. I. P. Notsofreely says:

    Let’s see, now. Terrorist leaders are rich people trying to force (or con) the poor people into harming each other (and, if possible, themselves at the same time). Government leaders are rich people trying to force (or con) the poor people into harming each other (and, if possible, themselves at the same time). Corporate leaders are rich people trying to force (or con) the poor people into harming each other (and, if possible, themselves at the same time). Yeah, I’m starting to get the picture now.

    (quietly sharpens machete)

  9. President Amabo & my wife Chewbacca (Give us a flat, chronological (civilised) comment view please) says:

    Dvorak Uncensored implemented an unusable comment system that could only actually work for terrorists. I’m turning you all in!!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    In the U.S., Europe, and possibly other regions, it’s all about “me first” and “you last”. Just take a drive somewhere (there’s traffic) if you need proof. It’s the ugly side of humanity.

    Therefore, why shouldn’t we snitch on each other? All this dipstick (Eric Holder) is doing is pandering to the masses and telling us that it’s OK to screw each other – which is pretty much what most of us want to do anyway.

    In fact, I bet if there were no laws preventing it, many of you would probably prefer killing that next SOB who cuts you off in traffic or expresses a different political opinion.

    “The problem is not in our stars – it’s in ourselves!”

  11. 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.

  12. 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.