John Paczkowski

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I'm ’24′ Fan Jorge Romero, and Today Is the Longest Day of My Life.

Counterterrorism officer extraordinaire Jack Bauer would have solved this one with a bullet to the temple, so Jorge Romero should consider himself lucky. On Friday, the FBI filed a criminal complaint against Romero for allegedly uploading the first four episodes of the sixth season of “24” to LiveDigital.com, well in advance of their prime-time debut. According to the complaint, Romero downloaded shows from a peer-to-peer service, uploaded them to LiveDigital, and then posted them to Digg.com, apparently in an ill-starred effort to boost his profile on the social-news service. Of course, the only thing he succeeded in doing was to make himself easier to track down, which the FBI did in short order.

Now he faces a three-year prison sentence and the prospect of Hollywood waving his piked head about as a warning to all would-be copyright violators. “The FBI makes this a different ball game,” said Jay Cooper, an attorney at Greenberg Traurig who specializes in intellectual-property issues. “The public doesn’t seem to get that it’s wrong, and maybe a message like this has to get out there so people realize there are criminal penalties.”


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work