For years people have used the internet to pirate all kinds of things, and until fairly recently the pirates rarely got in any serious trouble despite all the new anti-piracy laws passed in dozens of countries. It seems like all of that is starting to change and it's hard to go a week without hearing about some new high profile case against online pirates like this:
"We recently published an article that reported the U.S. FBI busted a Chicago resident who allegedly uploaded four episodes of "24" to the Internet. Working under the online alias of ECOtotal, Romero uploaded the four episodes to LiveDigital.com, which made them available more than a week before the TV premiere. Jorge Romero surrendered at the U.S. District Courthouse in Chicago -- and he will likely be sent to Los Angeles.
He faces up to three years in federal prison for the charges.
The U.S. authorities aren't the only agencies cracking down on the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. Japanese authorities have charged two men of distributing a manga from an unreleased magazine through the Winny peer-to-peer file sharing program. Authorities also found a 17-year-old with ties to the case, who will likely be charged as an adult."
Will these court cases stop or even slow piracy? Only time will tell.