Local Cops Now Paid With Federal Money To Troll IRC

Picture: Liam Cooke, Flickr (CC)

In an era where the Rand Corporation claims links between IP theft and terrorist activity (ignoring a 2011 major international study that found “‘no evidence’ of systematic links between piracy and serious organized crime”), your tax dollars are being used to put cops in chat rooms to track down the degenerate digerati.

Via  at Ars Technica:

In a speech before an assembled crowd of law enforcement officials in Maryland this week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the winners of a new federal grant that will send hundreds of thousands of dollars to 13 agencies in an effort to step up enforcement of copyright and trademark laws.

The Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Grant Award, which became available in January 2012, was given to a wide variety of local law enforcement groups, including the City of Austin, the City of Orlando, the County of Sacramento, the Virginia State Police, and most oddly, the City of Central Point, Oregon (population: 13,000).

“Although these awards will be utilized in a variety of ways, they will help to achieve our common goals: to advance prosecutions—as well as prevention and education activities—related to IP theft,” Holder said in a speech at the event on Wednesday.

“Without question, these new investments are coming at a critical time. As our country continues to recover from once-in-a-generation economic challenges, the need to defend IP rights—and to protect Americans from IP theft—has never been more urgent. We have seen—far too often—that IP crimes are not victimless. Not only can they devastate individual lives and legitimate businesses, they also undermine our nation’s financial stability, can jeopardize the health of our citizens, and even threaten our national security.”

The announcement marked the latest step in a series of moves that the Department of Justice (DoJ) has taken to clamp down on piracy and counterfeit goods. The DoJ has made no secret of its unilateral approach to seizing domain names and other digital property through “Operation in our Sites,” illustrated most notably in the takedown and indictment of Megaupload in early January 2012.

Read more at Ars Technica’s Law & Disorder blog.

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  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I thought IRC ended when mIRC came out?

    I spent many an evening riding the netsplit to glory, but that was near to 20 years ago…

    Let me pack up a bowl of Doublegate in my Wiley briarwood pipe and I’ll regale you with the tale of when we took over #Bible on Efnet…

    ***Puff***

    ***Puff***

    Me and a few of my pagan buddies decided to leave the comfort and safety of Undernet to do an Efnet #Bible takeover. Unknown to us, a group of Satanists were attempting the same thing at the same time.

    Those poor Christians didn’t stand a chance, caught between us and the Satanists. Went down like wheat before the scythe, they did.  When I close my eyes I can still see their disconnect messages…

    Of course, we didn’t know it was Satanists at the time, we just thought the Christians had brought in their heavy hitters. Those were some tough buggers and the battle raged for hours. Trip after trip to the University Canteen for cold drinks and snack food…

    Finally I noticed that the only ones on the field had names like “Elfster666″ and “LordDrake”, so I fired off a /dcc to one of them to inquire…

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I thought IRC ended when mIRC came out?

    I spent many an evening riding the netsplit to glory, but that was near to 20 years ago…

    Let me pack up a bowl of Doublegate in my Wiley briarwood pipe and I’ll regale you with the tale of when we took over #Bible on Efnet…

    ***Puff***

    ***Puff***

    Me and a few of my pagan buddies decided to leave the comfort and safety of Undernet to do an Efnet #Bible takeover. Unknown to us, a group of Satanists were attempting the same thing at the same time.

    Those poor Christians didn’t stand a chance, caught between us and the Satanists. Went down like wheat before the scythe, they did.  When I close my eyes I can still see their disconnect messages…

    Of course, we didn’t know it was Satanists at the time, we just thought the Christians had brought in their heavy hitters. Those were some tough buggers and the battle raged for hours. Trip after trip to the University Canteen for cold drinks and snack food…

    Finally I noticed that the only ones on the field had names like “Elfster666″ and “LordDrake”, so I fired off a /dcc to one of them to inquire…

    • Golchab

      What ever becomes of LordDrake and his Elfster666?  i liked this story :(

    • Golchab

      What ever becomes of LordDrake and his Elfster666?  i liked this story :(

    • Calypso_1

      PFM

    • Calypso_1

      PFM

  • alizardx

    Perhaps funding to troll 4chan is next?

  • alizardx

    Perhaps funding to troll 4chan is next?

  • 1plakat

    Like using a needle to block the sun.

  • 1plakat

    Like using a needle to block the sun.

  • Phillipede

    Wait, wait, wait. Why is Eric Holder allowed to do anything involving federal money?

  • Phillipede

    Wait, wait, wait. Why is Eric Holder allowed to do anything involving federal money?

  • the world

    and yet another fucking way to waste money. way to go U.S.

  • the world

    and yet another fucking way to waste money. way to go U.S.

  • the world

    and yet another fucking way to waste money. way to go U.S.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    The Land of the Free is a Police State
    more cops per 1000 people than any country on Earth
    and now they’re crowding cyberspace

    To Protect & Serve
    Our Baser Instincts

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    The Land of the Free is a Police State
    more cops per 1000 people than any country on Earth
    and now they’re crowding cyberspace

    To Protect & Serve
    Our Baser Instincts

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    Trolling as a profession? Where do I apply?

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    Trolling as a profession? Where do I apply?

    • rtb61

      You can guess exactly what’s going to happen with the low IQ tech uninformed idiots who are going to run it. A good bunch of the will end up trying to entrap another bunch of them pretending to want to join, basically end up chasing their own tails.
      Aside from the real shit heads basically targeting children to stick it to children’s parents so they can pat themselves over the back for the great victories for justice for the rich and greedy slime balls, whilst a whole bunch of crimes against people go ignored.
      House break ins, muggings and car thefts are all just to damn hard and it is much easier to sit in the office sucking down coffee and munching doughnuts, now you just know those lard arses in uniform are going to be screaming for more of this.
      Well done you suck up moron Attorney General Eric Holder, helping to ensure people who lose their family possessions, get beaten up in the street, are afraid to leave their homes at night, always worry about where they park their car etc. are forgotten, you idiot, fucked up, lick spittle, sack of shit, Eric Holder, yeah it’s more important that you crack down on children copying music instead of buying it.

    • rtb61

      You can guess exactly what’s going to happen with the low IQ tech uninformed idiots who are going to run it. A good bunch of the will end up trying to entrap another bunch of them pretending to want to join, basically end up chasing their own tails.
      Aside from the real shit heads basically targeting children to stick it to children’s parents so they can pat themselves over the back for the great victories for justice for the rich and greedy slime balls, whilst a whole bunch of crimes against people go ignored.
      House break ins, muggings and car thefts are all just to damn hard and it is much easier to sit in the office sucking down coffee and munching doughnuts, now you just know those lard arses in uniform are going to be screaming for more of this.
      Well done you suck up moron Attorney General Eric Holder, helping to ensure people who lose their family possessions, get beaten up in the street, are afraid to leave their homes at night, always worry about where they park their car etc. are forgotten, you idiot, fucked up, lick spittle, sack of shit, Eric Holder, yeah it’s more important that you crack down on children copying music instead of buying it.

  • Haystack

    Now that there’s no more rape or murder, all the police have left to do is patrol the internet for pirated MP3s of Metallica. 

  • Haystack

    Now that there’s no more rape or murder, all the police have left to do is patrol the internet for pirated MP3s of Metallica. 

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    “I’m Chris Hanson, take a seat”

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    “I’m Chris Hanson, take a seat”

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