After ISA shopping, the Government Plans to Crack Downloaders.

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After the government detained Hindaf leaders, BERSIH and BAR, they decided to take heat on citizen.

If you download material illegally from the Internet, be prepared to fork out a minimum fine of RM250,000. Veerasingam said that the maximum fine for downloading material illegally from the Internet was a whopping RM500,000.

Taken from TheStar. Shouldn’t they be focusing on other crimes e.g. rapist, smugglers, white-collar criminal etc. (not related to money)?

So tell me, how will you execute this task?

  • Monitor internet activity – you can be sued for privacy intrusion
  • Go to every house and check the PC – I burnt on DVD and hid them under the bed
  • Stop people carrying laptop bags – the police? Not all of them are IT literate.
  • Arrest Question random people on the streets – exactly how dangerous can a geek be?

Some part of the government struggle to push K-economy, but without these “benefits” how is this possible?  How can a normal person afford Adobe Photoshop (RM2999) or Microsoft Words (RM455)? And Datuk S. Veerasingam, can you confirm that your kids or families never get pirated copies?

In summary, we get penalized for being a cheap-stake-geek.

ps: I reckon it was just a statement to brush WIPO off our shoulders.

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