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MPAA, Microsoft Testify Piracy Funds Terrorism

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the no-evidence-required-or-desired dept.

The Almighty Buck 858

GuyMannDude writes "[Yesterday's] Oversight Hearing on "International Copyright Piracy: Links to Organized Crime and Terrorism" featured the MPAA and Microsoft testifying that software and movie DVD counterfeiting is an acute problem, with criminal gangs operating factories in Russia, Malaysia and other countries that have weak copyright laws. They further claim that intellectual property piracy is a vehicle for financing or supporting acts of terror." There's another article about the hearing at Infoworld.

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Oh No!!! (2, Funny)

x311 (600406) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510866)

Wait.......since when did Microsoft become the ANTI-terrorists?

Re:Oh Wait!!! (3, Insightful)

chef_raekwon (411401) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510917)

Wait.......since when did Microsoft become the ANTI-terrorists?

since Bush let them off the hook.....

Re:Oh No!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510938)

No, P2P fights terrorism!

If you can download it for free, that would undercut the piracy market which is funding terrorist.

Put your wares online for America!

We can laugh... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511048)

but undemocratic countries around the world are using exactly the same trick to get rid of everybody who talks about free elections too loudly. Let's shoot the suckers, we're fighting terrorism! It has been 1 1/2 year since 9/11 and the Bush administration still has no exact definition of the word "terrorist". That is good for US foreign policy, but non-US citizens pay for this with their lives.

they are getting desparate (5, Funny)

moab (62800) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510867)

Yeah and Osama Bin Laden is sittin in a cave in Afghanistan with a buncha cds and a burner!

Re:they are getting desparate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510934)

Actually it's DVD's. Osama is responsible for distributing the most pirated copies of The Muppets Take Manhattan the world has seen yet.

The subtext to that film is terrifying.

Re:they are getting desparate (5, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510949)

my favorite is that Marijuana use funds terrorism. Funny, most of the Marijuana sold in the US is from farms in KY and TN... Unless Terrorists like to reside in the hills of KY and TN I doubt this is true...

+5 Funny for Microsoft and the MPAA!

Re:they are getting desparate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511044)

have you seen the new rash of commercials about marijuana with the tagline, "it's more dangerous than we all thought?"

such drivel - completely specious arguments. like the one about a joint having as much tar as four cigarettes. first of all, a cigarette smoker will average 20+ cigarettes/day. how many joints can you smoke in one day? plus many marijuana smokers filter through water, reducing that tar.

another one shows a young girl who has gotten pregnant, presumably due to marijuana use. yeah, like that could never happen unless she was high, and the marijuana is obviously to blame, anyway

Re:they are getting desparate (4, Funny)

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511059)

my favorite is that Marijuana use funds terrorism. Funny, most of the Marijuana sold in the US is from farms in KY and TN... Unless Terrorists like to reside in the hills of KY and TN I doubt this is true...

+5 Funny for Microsoft and the MPAA!
...And occasionally British Columbia... And of course, you know you should fear those canucks.

After all, anybody who preaches free health care must be "un-American." (Lately I've been thinking being unAmerican isn't all bad...)

Re:they are getting desparate (1)

digital bath (650895) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510950)

And Kazaa, of course.

The Solution (5, Interesting)

EvilNTUser (573674) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511042)

Yeah and Osama Bin Laden is sittin in a cave in Afghanistan with a buncha cds and a burner!

Surely the government must realize that any amount of legislation won't stop piracy, as it is a worldwide problem. U.S. laws won't stop foreign pirates (like the famous 0s4m4) from selling pirated software to other foreigners (Iraq, North Korea, you know...)

Therefore, we must make piracy uneconomical. The reason it is lucrative in the first place is that people don't want to pay MS $100 for a copy of Windows. Our only chance of survival is to make sure they don't even want to pay 41 q43d4 $1 for a copy of Windows. How do we do this? Simple!

I demand that the Federal Government divert huge amounts of money to fund KaZaA and immediately cease all lawsuits against P2P applications to save us from terrorists! After all, we must think of the children. Clearly the RIAA supports this, as made clear by their recent testimonial.

pirate this (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510868)

First Post

Sure it funds terrorism (5, Funny)

kryliss (72493) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510871)

And so does unwanted pop up ads

Re:Sure it funds terrorism (2, Funny)

Elendil (11919) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511003)

And spam! Don't forget spam!

Sheesh... (5, Interesting)

dkf (304284) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510872)

I wonder how they intend to prove that none of their own shares are owned by terrorists?

Re:Sheesh... (1, Funny)

MisanthropicProggram (597526) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510974)

This might be a way that the DOJ can get at MS: "Because of the large increase in MS's stock as a result of their monopolistic business practices, we are going to curtail and break up MS's business in order to keep terrorists from funding their activities with stock profits."

Why not jump on the what-you're-doing-is-funding-terrorists bandwagon? Whenever someone wants to stop something - anything - that THEY don't like, they'll attribute it to funding terrorists.

Watch out! That joint you're smoking is funding that bomb!

Re:the moral loophole (5, Insightful)

milktoastman (572643) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511012)

and considering that almost every mega-corporation is probably heavily invested with dirty money from the drug trade in addition to that from the terrorists, we can't really purchase anything with a clear conscience....How can you drink Pepsi when you MIGHT be supporting terrorism...there is no moral loophole.

supporting terrorism? (5, Insightful)

qoncept (599709) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510873)

It could be argued that any method of raising money could potentially be for support of terrorism. I don't think selling pirated copies of Windows is a very effective way.

Re:supporting terrorism? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510978)

Oh I don't know. Every time I have to deal with Windows, pirated or not, I'm terrorized.

Microsoft: What horrors would you like to deal with today?

Bullshit ... or Not? (-1, Funny)

notaspy (457709) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510876)

Next on Bullshit or Not, recent evidence indicates that Jack the Ripper was really ... the Loch Ness Monster!!!

No more Britney for me! (4, Funny)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510882)

Dang, I'll have to stop downloading Britney Spears off Kazaa. I didn't realize it helped buy Kalashnikov rifles for terrorists.

hmmm (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510883)

testing 1 2 3 42 3171

FP! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510885)

Microsoft is really going over the line here. They're just using the current hysteria to promote their agenda. Oh wait, that's just business as usual.

new PSA (5, Funny)

ejaw5 (570071) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510890)

Got some kid on tv:
"I helped kill a cop by downloading Windows from Kazaa."

Another kid: "When I bought a bootleg of Harry Potter, I didn't know I was helping millions of terrorists"

I'm just not sure which way I want to fund terror (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510891)

I mean, sure, I can buy drugs, or pirate music/movies/games. But, I can also drive an SUV, or use oil in other ways. I can also support terror by being critical of the government, or being supportive of the use of encryption and privacy. I mean, so many options, so much terror. Where does one start?

Scaremoungering (4, Interesting)

The Real Chrisjc (576622) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510893)

Doesn't this sound like the MPAA, Microsoft a la RIAA trying to make piracy sound like terrorism, and get the public all jumpy and hate piracy?

Next, they will be saying that filesharing funds terrorism too. ..

Re:Scaremoungering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510981)

Next the MPAA will come out and say that all filesharing is done thru France and implore Bush to nuke then

If you run Windows... (1, Funny)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510894)

...then the terrorists have already won!

It's worse than you think (0, Funny)

blancolioni (147353) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510895)

Piracy might fund terrorists, but Hollywood [] is where they get their bombs [] from.

so? (4, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510896)

"Terrorism" is just the keyword of the past 18 months or so. Everything you hate gets labelled as promoting terrorism and everything you like is an anti-terrorist measure.

If it works for little Bush, why not for little Bill?

There's really nothing unusual going on there. Just the usual stupidity and simple-mindedness.

Re:so? (1)

watzinaneihm (627119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510975)

I think it is in reverse. WTC got bombed by terrorists. So A lot of US guys hate terrorists.So starting with Gorge Bush calling Saddam a terrorist everyone is trying to cash in on the anti-terrorist wave to get support.A classic case of giving a dog a bad name.
Basically M$ is trying to give it a terrorist angle in the hope that they will get more support from US government in forcing other nations into stricter copyrights

Don't forget tommorow's article.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510899)

"Buying over/fixed price cds & dvds help fight the war on Terror!"

Bill or George? (1)

sokkelih (632304) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510900)

Which one is running microsoft? Bill Gates or George Bush? :)

Re:Bill or George? (1)

Drasil (580067) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511016)

Which one is running microsoft? Bill Gates or George Bush? :)

And more importantly, which one is running the USA?

On a more serious note, I strongly suspect more people in this world are terrified of being bombed by 'allied fighter jets' than of being bombed by islamic fundamentalists. Who are the real terrorists?

Support corporate terrorism: buy Microsoft today!

Bullshiiiiiiitttttt (5, Insightful)

Simon (815) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510902)

Oooookkkkkeeeey... So I'm supposed to believe that religous extremists, in thier war against the West and the Western culture, are financing operations by pirating and spreading the very thing that they are against.

It's kind of like hardcore Vegans raising money for a campaign by holding a sausage sizzle.

Complete bullshit.


Re:Taliban (3, Insightful)

devaldez (310051) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510993)

I don't know why you wouldn't believe that...after all, the Taliban had agreements with the opium producers in Northern Afghanistan. Why should a religious extremist care if you, an infidel, violate God's laws? And if your stupid enough to fund your own destruction, what delicious irony for them.

While I don't like the scare tactics and I'd like to see proof of the cash flow, it should be neither surprising nor controversial that illegal activity feeds on itself to society's detriment.

Re:Bullshiiiiiiitttttt (2, Insightful)

Thoguth (203384) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511027)

Well, the Taliban made a lot of the money that kept them in power in Afghanistan by growing and selling opium ...

I love todays propaganda, it's so transparent (5, Insightful)

Nanite (220404) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510905)

Want to demonize something but have now real information to back it up? Just say it fund terrorism, works every time!


Re:I love todays propaganda, it's so transparent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511009)

You, sir, are a crime and a disgrace to these United States. I hereby order you to report to a re-education center, post-haste!

Loophole (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510914)

How does stealing something for free FUND terrorism? It can't. Lesson here kiddies, it's okay to steal for free. Don't be stupid and buy things.

The bandwagon's looking a little rickety... (3, Funny)

Natestradamus (527591) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510916)

Are they sure they ought to be jumping on it like that?

Guess what? Religion funds Terrorism. (4, Insightful)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510920)

How about we get rid of religion?

Sounds like a plan to me.

Re:Guess what? Religion funds Terrorism. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510952)

Bingo! I think you just hit the root of the problem! Congrats!

News Flash: (4, Funny)

pi radians (170660) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510922)

This just in:

Breathing supports terrorism. Scientists have just discovered that if you breath oxygen, you are in fact taking away necessary, life giving resources, namely oxygen from those who fight the terrorists.

The public is now being asked to refrain from breathing so that the counter-terrorists do not run out of oxygen (although is was also recommended that if you are around any terrorist you should try to use as much oxygen as possible, because we believe that terrorists also use oxygen to live).

Okay... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510923)

This was out of hand before, but now it's getting really out of hand.

When most people say "what, do you want to support the terrorists?" they're joking.

I think these two monopolists have just showed their true selves as far as I'm concerned.

Anyone who can say something so ridiculous is a joke themselves.

does it bollocks (2, Interesting)

solidox (650158) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510928)

i certainly have never paid for any pirate software, i thought that was generally the point. even the ppl that sell cd's at markets and online, i highly doubt any of that goes towards terrorism. unless of course pirate's are now branded terrorists.

Where's the money? (3, Insightful)

gristlebud (638970) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510930)

Typically, piracy in the U.S. is done on a relatively small scale, for the financial gain of small-time people.

I dont know about the economics of international IP piracy, but I imagine that the piracy is more prevalent in areas where there is not enough money to pay for legitimate software. In this case, there still won't be enough money brought in to make a dent in the terrorists' pocketbooks.

To make big money, you have to sell things to people with money. This means the west (especially western Europe and the U.S.) The best way to get lots of money from the west is to sell them oil, drugs, or Pr0n.

Michael (-1, Troll)

Caball (58351) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510933)

Michael, your anti-Microsoft fervor is getting boring and a bit far fetched.

This is why (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510935)

And for those who ask why we here on slashdot bash the utter shit out of microsoft, this is JUST why. They're full of shit. They use all means they can do strengthen their position. They'll take advantage of anything they can to grab a little more legal strength as a monopoly.

They've claimed silly things in the past to aid themselves

They've screwed over other companies to aid themselves

They've screwed over their own users to aid themselves ...and they'll just keep doing it.

DONT SUPPORT THE US (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510936)

they fund terroism:p

Jurisdiction (5, Interesting)

Phroggy (441) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510937)

Wait a minute. We need tougher laws in the United States, because organized crime gangs in Russia and Malaysia are counterfitting Windows CDs (including the hologram, so people can't tell it's not official) and selling them, which is already illegal? What exactly can the USDOJ do to stop this?

Re:Jurisdiction (1)

chef_raekwon (411401) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510987)

"don't give me that 'juris my diction' crap!"

not sure what movie it's from, but made me laugh....

i'd better get some coffee..

ahahahaha (1)

krist0 (313699) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510942)

I remember when the joke was

"If you download mp3s, you're supporting communism"

I mean, seriously, WTF. They need to lay down the crack pipe and just move on.

Everything supports everything else (I breathe oxygen, expel carbon dioxide, my plants then take the carbon dioxide, give off oxygen, i breathe i n the ....) we should just say


In this post 9/11 world... (5, Insightful)

sfe_software (220870) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510943)

...everyone uses terrorism to push their agenda. I'm so sick of that phrase. Don't like something that people are doing? Tell them that it funds terrorists, and they'll stop. I suppose it works -- the average person probably believes this crap.

I was so pissed the first time I saw the commercial with the teenagers saying "I helped terrorists because I bought a dime bag" (or whatever). 9/11 was a *terrible* event, yes, but to try to make people think they're partly responsible because they commit some petty crime? Total BS.

Microsoft funds terrorism.... (4, Interesting)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510953)

Seriously,..remember the Muslim Charity that was nailed funneling money to al Qaeda? Well here's the news story.. [] (Google Cache)

In case you don't have time to read the story, MS admitted to giving Benevolence International, the Muslim charity that funnled money to al-qaeda, around $20,000. You can buy a lot of box cutters with that money.

MS had better not throw stones in their glass house. And if you're going to start giving money to charities, it's a good idea to research them and make sure they are legit. Say what you will but MS is SUPER guilty of not doing research on this "charity".

So does (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510954)

the 40% of US overseas `aid` which goes directly to Israel.

Perhaps if CDs and DVDs weren't so expensive, the gangs would get less money from selling counterfeit ones?

Wait! (1, Funny)

hottoh (540941) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510955)

Hot off of the press...

Commerce funds terrorism!

Terrorism? (3, Insightful)

siphoncolder (533004) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510956)

See, the problem here is I doubt they really KNOW this. It's certainly possible, feasible, and plausible, but I don't think they know what they're talking about in this case.

Upon thought & inspection, this sounds more like they're throwing more fodder on the fire which is quickly razing the USA's foreign policy & relations.

shame funds terrorism (3, Insightful)

abe ferlman (205607) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510958)

The way people seem to avoid it today, you'd think shame funded terrorism too.

But not oil companies, oh no.

Love America? Lower your prices! (1)

Eponymous Coward (6097) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510959)

It seems that these companies could do their part in the war on terror by lowering their prices to put the pirates out of business. There may be some pain in the short term, but once the war is won, they can raise their prices again!


Re:Love America? Lower your prices! (2, Insightful)

ignoramus (544216) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511025)

Yes, I agree! They can raise their prices, once the war is won - i.e. we will have lower prices forever, yay!

Just keep it coming... (2, Insightful)

terraformer (617565) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510963)

The more small minded corporate shills and their bought and paid for politicians keep this up, the more weakened and desensitized people will become to words like terrorism and war. Soon, they will be hiring PR firms to craft new words to symbolize people worse than "terrorists" and armed conflict will no longer be called war but something else. The current administration would no doubt prefer "liberation". This is absolutely ridiculous. The rest of the world must think we are the biggest bunch of un-educated sheep.

Re:Just keep it coming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511008)

But we are sheep...
On most opinion polls done both before and after a government decision, about 25% of people CHANGED their opinion to match that of the government.
Sheep we are, at least 25% of us...

Finally! (2, Funny)

volve (592475) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510966)

For the love of the DMCA-Bush-MPAA-alliance, how long does it actually /take/ to equate everything under the sun to an act of terrorism!?!

Come on people, we need to start whipping out these unfounded defacements quicker!

We've already renamed 'French fries' in the capital, but that may not be enough, we actually have to stand up in a court of Bush^H^H^H^Law and accuse anyone that still refers to them as 'French' as being a TERRORIST!

Ha! That'll teach them! Now I must go formulate my plan to charge all McDonalds franchises as terrorist havens thanks to their newly proposed WiFi!


no no, it funds tourism (5, Funny)

blandthrax (575357) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510968)

Because, with all the money saved on a pirated copy of MS Office, you can afford to go on vacation.

Simple solution (4, Funny)

shepd (155729) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510969)

If Microsoft and the MPAA were to release everything under the public domain, there would be nothing to pirate. Ergo, terrorism would end.

Seems like a good solution for everyone. Microsoft and the MPAA, I implore you to end terrorism! Only you can do it!

supporting terrorism (4, Funny)

MasterD (18638) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510970)

I like to listen to mp3's [] and watch SVCD's [] in my SUV [] while I am high [] .

Funny (5) (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510972)

from the no-evidence-required-or-desired dept.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

Microsoft promotes terrorism (3, Insightful)

chiasmus1 (654565) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510976)

The last time I looked into the Webster's dictionary it said, "the act of terrorizing; use of force or threats to demoralize, intimidate, and subjugate, esp. such use as a political weapon or policy"

Now, can Microsoft truthfully claim that they are not terrorists? They use force in getting OEMs to only distribute machines with Microsoft tax. They threaten companies who have decided to support Linux or other operating systems. They strive to demoralize and intimidate everything and everyone. They use Microsoft as a political weapon and have changed laws with their money. Microsoft has fit the definition of terrorism perfectly.

Microsoft is a terrorist organization and they know it. I would not be suprised to see Osama Bin Laden hiding out at the Gates getaway.

I agree (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510977)

They should clamp down on for-profit piracy, and ease off on casual piracy on Kazaa etc.

This just in... (1, Funny)

caino59 (313096) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510985)

Local twelve year-old boy downloads "Lord of the Rings: Two Towers" dvd-rip. Later sends love letters to Osama and Saddam. Young lad is rumored to be single-handedly responsible for the September 11 attacks.

More at 4:20.

Oh My GAWD!!! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510988)

I have never laughed so hard in my life.

Wait . . . driving a car funds terrorism . . .

Where can we go from there . . .

So speeding and using too much fuel which funds terrorists is a terrorist act.


Oh, Lord.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5510989)

The two things slashbots love hating more than anything else, all in one story. The zealots are going to have wood when they see this.

This is good to know! (1)

Gyorg_Lavode (520114) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510990)

This is good to know because, see, I thought the problem in America was people DOWNLOADING their movies and music illegally. Now that we know it's people buying them from Asia, we can stop worrying about file sharing on P2P networks right?

Drugs are bad, mmkay? (5, Interesting)

nervous_twitch (579929) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510991)

Of course, even if money from piracy funds terrorism, this assumes you're going to buy the copies these piracy groups make. Why should I buy something pirated in another country.... when I can copy it myself in the privacy(or not) of my own home?

I don't think terrorism is a good thing, but I'm getting sick of all the reports:

"Sometimes, _________ is used to fund terrorism, so _________ is evil."

Drugs are bad because buying them funds terrorism. Yep, that's right. Even when it's homegrown. :P

I know that all those media conglomerates are the true source of funding for these things. So I'm going to buy my movies from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and friends from now on.

I'm sure I could find just as sketchy of a connection between the media companies and terrorism as they can find between [insert comman activity here] and terrorism.

hmmm (1, Funny)

Lxy (80823) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510994)

maybe I'm reading into this wrong, but isn't the MPAA/MS the ones funding terrorism?

Some group in Russia is stealing software/DVDs and selling them for profit, that money is going to terrorist groups (supposedly). Is this my fault? Not really. I've never paid money for pirated software, so I know I'm not supporting anyone.

It looks to me like MICROSOFT is the culprit. They're the ones putting software out there to be pirated. The MPAA is releasing DVDs that are getting pirated. Funny, I've never heard of anyone making money pirating linux CDs.

So, listen to Microsoft. Stop supporting piracy. Support open source.

Spammers are terrorists, too! (1)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 11 years ago | (#5510997)

By stealing a little bit of computer ressources, they are effectively slowly but inexorably shutting-down the Internet.

Can you say "Reichstagsbrand"? (0)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511002)

I know, the word is hard to pronounce, but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it certainly is a duck.

Time to emigrate folks, before Bush starts heating the ovens. Glad I'm a European. Hope we'll be able to bail you out, like you bailed us out 60 years ago.

Re:Can you say "Reichstagsbrand"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511057)

Damn man, I wish I could move to Canada. This country SUCKS. Look at our leader, IQ of about 107. 107! Mine is 158! He's a fricking moron!

So, here's what we need to do... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511007)

All decisions regarding software 'n hardware 'n everything else should be made by Microsoft, whose exemplary record on all security-related items makes it the logical choice. Wouldn't want any 'o them terrorists messing up our thriving economy and the innovative flair of Microsoft, now would we?

of course. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511014)

if you sell 5 cd/day with M$ win2k with 1-2$ = > 10$. after 300 days you will have 3000$. so, in a year, you could buy 2-3 guns. => in 30-40 years you could have a small army.

it's a really nice plan :).

And it causes genital herpes (1)

Borealis (84417) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511018)

This just in, piracy is found to not only contribute to acts of terror, but also is responsible for all known venerial diseases. CDC researchers have found a link between getting payed large amounts of money by the RIAA and discovering virulent diseases linked to piracy.

Yes, of course, because.. (1)

Talonius (97106) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511020)

..terrorists never use basic things such as food and goods shipping, gold and silver markets, thievery, retail sales, or anything else of the sort.

This is someone sitting back in the headquarters of a firm which has lost its way with the world saying, "How can we shake Congress into action on these fronts?" With a snap of their fingers they say "Terrorism! Piracy supports terrorism!"

Is it true? Certainly! And again, it's just as true as every other occupation or activity in the world that can generate revenue - at some point that activity is used by terrorism.

We cannot lose sight of reality in our pursuit of justice.

Oh come on (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511022)

Know what really contributes to terrorism? Buying oil from terrorist harboring nations.

Oh Great .... (2, Funny)

Usagi_yo (648836) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511024)

Here comes the DMCTA ... The Digital Millenium Copyright Terrorist Act. We all knew Napster was domestic terrorism.

the moral loophole (1)

milktoastman (572643) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511031)

How can you use MS products when you MIGHT be helping terrorists do things so horrible we can't even imagine...there is no moral loophole

Kneejerk reactions (1)

Pave Low (566880) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511032)

The focus was that large-scale software piracy supports organized crime, which is absolutely true. Particularly in Asia and Europe, where millions can be made, and the penalties are not severe, it's as good as selling drugs.

Michael conveniently left this part out of his headline, which served to make this bigger flamebait than it really is.

Spam Supports Terrorism. (1)

Deathlizard (115856) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511033)

Ok. Since the US public Opinion is running on this "If it's bad it's Supports Terrorism" Nonsense, I've decided to put it to some good use by Saying the following.

"Spam Supports Terrorism".

Think about it.
1) Most spam comes from compainies overseas that can not be identified, move randomly and take advantage of Security Holes to send it.
2) These Anonymous Companies make millions in revenue, and for all we know could be tied to the mob, or Terrorist Organizations.
3) It costs US Companies Millions of dollars Annually, Hurting Our Economy.
4) It attacks unsuspected citizens by using Virus-Like Activity (FriendGreetings for Example) to spread, which could slow the internet down like a DDOS attack.

Im sure I could go on and on but you get the idea

Like other taxes (1)

amcguinn (549297) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511035)

All victimless or apparently victimless crimes are dressed up like this by the relevant authorities, in a desperate attempt to get public support for enforcement.

The UK Customs&Excise insists that if you buy cigarettes smuggled over from France you are supporting organised crime and/or terrorism, and explain that if you pay your car mechanic in cash you are also supporting terrorism. This is just another reason for speaking about software licenses as "Microsoft Tax" rather than as payment for services -- enforcement is being defended in the same way.

Microsoft Could Wipe Out Most Piracy (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511037)

Think about it, if M$ GPL'd its software, the vast majority of software piracy would be wiped out immediately.

Re:Microsoft Could Wipe Out Most Piracy (2, Interesting)

Caball (58351) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511052)

And if GM gave thier cars away, auto thefts would be wiped out immediately.

Scary (1)

heikkile (111814) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511043)

From the Infoworld article: "For too long, people engaged in piracy believed that if they were outside the borders of the United States , they could violate our intellectual property laws with impunity," Malcolm added. "They were wrong. "

In other words: If you violate American Law anywhere in the world, the Americans are coming after you! Am I the only European getting scared about this kind of thinking?

Hello Mr McCarthy! (1)

BlueUnderwear (73957) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511045)

In the olden days it was communists, now it's hippies (pot funds terrorism) and geeks (piracry funds terrorism).

Run for the hills!

The obvious conclusion ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511050)

Use LINUX! It can't be pirated!

OSS (1)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511054)

It's actually a little known fact that Open Source is, directly or indirectly, in close cooperation with Al-Qaida network and other terrorist groups. Linus Torvalds, during his years in Finland, participated in the Finnish wings of PLO, IRA and, when he had time, NSDAP.

Stallman is also a card-carrying islamist, testified beyond doubt by his beard and fanaticism. Al-Qaida was intended to be named GNU/Qaida, but the principal leaders of the group felt that it would have been too obvious a giveaway.

So, would somebody think of the children and put a timely end to this Open Source nonsense (or "Free Software", when we are dealing with more extreme factions)? I'm sure Microsoft, patriots that they are, would be more than happy to contribute resources to this non-profit movement. The future is in our hands!

Hmmm. Communism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5511056)

Maybe a lot of people are too young to remember, but this is starting to sound a lot like the communism and McCarthyism of the 50s and 60s. If you don't like something or someone, just associate them with terrorism.

Federation Against Copyright Theft (2, Interesting)

digitaltraveller (167469) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511058)

VHS movies in Australia already have an extremely lengthy copyright notice that is specifically designed to be played at fast forward and still impart it's propaganda. I had not rented a new release in awhile so was I in for a surprise. The old copyright notice was still there, plus a new one from the "Federation Against Copyright Theft". It featured a glowing-red eyed psychotic making frenzied movements with a branding iron from a blacksmith's oven stamping CD's and other paraphenlia. His movements were similiar to the way a mentally retarded person acts when they are confused or upset, scattering CD's everywhere, etc. The voice over claimed 'pirates' fund terrorism AND drugs and that THEY MUST BE STOPPED.
More hysteria for soccer moms everywhere. I've seen mainstream media pick up on this meme too. As the wise George Castanza once said: "Remember Jerry, It's not a lie if you believe it".

OK, then Free Software does not ! (1)

gosand (234100) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511060)

So perhaps the new Open Source and Free Software slogan should be
"Open Source and Free Software does not fund terrorism"

The Chinese link (1)

MonkeyDluffy (577002) | more than 11 years ago | (#5511061)

Heck, the Chinese government has a long history of supporting terrorism and repressive governments. So any Chinese-made product helps to support China ==> supporting terrorism.

Most toys these days are made in China. Buy your kid a toy ==> supporting terrorism. Go to McDonalds, order a happy meal -> Chinese made toy inside ==> supporting terrorism.


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