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FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons 372

An anonymous reader writes "The FBI has limited resources, so it needs to prioritize what it works on. However, it's difficult to see why dealing with copyright infringement seems to get more attention than identity theft or missing persons. In the past year, the FBI has announced a special new task force to fight intellectual property infringement, but recent reports have shown that both identity theft and missing persons have been downgraded as priorities by the FBI, to the point that there are a backlog of such cases."
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FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons

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  • No need to ask (Score:5, Informative)

    by airfoobar ( 1853132 ) on Tuesday August 10, 2010 @08:03PM (#33210692)
    Missing persons haven't spent millions in lobbying, while the copyright industries have. It's distressing how easy governments are to buy these days, and the US seems to be doing its absolute worst lately -- they are almost dropping all pretence and simply doing what the corporate masters tell them to do.
  • Wrong (Score:4, Informative)

    by dracocat ( 554744 ) on Tuesday August 10, 2010 @08:18PM (#33210794)

    The FBI is NOT prioritizing copyright over missing persons.

    The FBI has a backlog of missing person DNA to run in the DNA labs.
    The FBI is increasing the amount of manpower assigned to copyright.

    I don't know how much the FBI should spend at all on copyright, but it is a bit of a stretch to take the current facts and say that copyright is prioritized over missing persons.

  • by mrnobo1024 ( 464702 ) on Tuesday August 10, 2010 @08:20PM (#33210812)

    Copyrights and patents are one of the things the Constitution actually allows Congress to make laws regarding:

    Article I, section 8: "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"

    The "limited time" part has been completely forgotten in the case of copyright, though.

  • by electricprof ( 1410233 ) on Tuesday August 10, 2010 @09:06PM (#33211112)
    I've looked at the Wired article and the Techdirt articles, and I'm pretty sure I can track down original sources in what might be called the "major media" that discuss the downgrading if emphasis on missing persons. Similarly, I can track down sources discussing the creation of a new task force on IP. What I'm looking for is a major media source that talks about the relative prioritization of these two. Did I miss that in the articles? Does somebody know of one?
  • Uh... (Score:3, Informative)

    by msauve ( 701917 ) on Tuesday August 10, 2010 @10:03PM (#33211478)
    Typefaces can't be copyrighted. Code which draw them algorithmically, yes, but not fonts [sic]. They are specifically excluded from copyright (in the US).

    37 CFR 202.1:

    Material not subject to copyright.

    The following are examples of works not subject to copyright and applications for registration of such works cannot be entertained:
    (e) Typeface as typeface.

  • Federalism 101 (Score:5, Informative)

    by westlake ( 615356 ) on Tuesday August 10, 2010 @11:21PM (#33211886)

    The FBI exists to protect profits. In fact the government exists to protect commerce, the very basis of our society

    In the American federal system, tracking down missing persons is traditionally a local and state responsibility, prosecuting economic and property crimes that have a national and constitutiobal dimension a federal responsibility.

    The FBI has 60 active Kidnapping and Missing Persons Investigations [fbi.gov]

    This may give a clearer idea of how small the FBI role in such cases really is.

  • Re:Actually... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Devout_IPUite ( 1284636 ) on Tuesday August 10, 2010 @11:24PM (#33211898)
    No, really, John Locke was HEAVILY involved in slavery...
  • by khallow ( 566160 ) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @12:47AM (#33212228)

    It was because during the push across the Rhine the Germans, desperate to slow us down, actually used the FLAK 88 as an antipersonnel weapon, like a civil war cannon.

    As an aside, the 88 gun [wikipedia.org] was one of the most flexible pieces of military hardware in the Second World War. You could shoot just about anything with it. I imagine they were shooting people with it long before they got to the above level of desperation.

  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @08:37AM (#33214038) Journal

    While I'm sure they used it before the Rhine, Uncle Jerry said by the time they hit the Rhine it truly was a different war. Before the Rhine it was strictly German Army regulars (which BTW both my uncle and grandfather respected the Germans and HATED the Italians. They both said the German soldiers, while tough as hell, did follow military code for the most part. The Italians were backstabbing SOBs according to them that would pretend to be on the side of whomever they thought were winning that week. NO loyalty according to them) by the time they both got to the Rhine they said anything and everything they could throw they did.

    Uncle Jerry told a good story that illustrated this, while at the edge of the Rhine he dropped a sniper. He said while he and his CO were stopped in their jeep checking a map the CO's head was blown clean off by a sniper. He saw the flash, hit the ground by the jeep, and emptied about 3 clips from his Garand (a wonderful field rifle in his opinion) on the position. He said when he reached the position he found a woman roughly 6 months pregnant and damned if she wasn't reaching for her rifle to try to get another shot, so he dropped her on the spot. "Did it bother you to kill a pregnant woman?" I asked, "Fuck no!" he said "By that time I had seen friends ground up in the hedge, sniped, burned, and turned into nothing but red mist by the 88s. We all knew the war was as good as over with the Russians gaining as fast in the east as we were the west and damn it, my ass was gonna go home to my family and not in a fucking body bag".

    He said by the time he and my grandfather made it to Germany it was unlike anything you can imagine. He said all the black smoke and craters looked like some scene from hell, but damned if those Germans would give up. He said one of his happiest days was when he learned we dropped the Atomics on Japan, because he had two brothers in the Pacific and knew the Japs were even worse than the Germans for refusing to surrender and he knew that an invasion of the home islands would have been a bloodbath on both sides. He said it was only a shame we didn't have it in 42 or 43, maybe we could have dropped one on Berlin and saved those millions of German men that died at the fronts for nothing.

I've got a bad feeling about this.