Posted on April 13, 2012 by


No, this isn’t about Fukushima (though if you live in Portland, ORE. or Boulder, COL. you’ve already been exposed to high levels of that stuff).

Too late to worry about it; thank the Obama administration for allowing you to be nuked.

This is a different kind of fallout: the 2nd Circuit Appeals Court has ruled that software can’t be stolen. Since computer code cannot be physically obtained, it doesn’t fit the legal description of a stolen good, according to the Court as they opened a 55-gallon drum of worms. That being the case, it’s a safe bet that the MPAA and the RIAA are going to have a manure hemorrhage and fall over in it, because the same can be said of their content.

All those cases of “software piracy” and “illegal downloading” just went down the tubes. The only shot they may have might involve intellectual property rights, but even that’s taken a direct hit with the ruling. Break out the popcorn; the stage has just been set for squabbling on an epic scale.

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