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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

yes, but video piracy?

From today's Washington Post, on the death of ultra-violent drug lord Heriberto "The Executioner" Lazcano:

"An especially cruel, paramilitary cartel, the Zetas operate a diversified portfolio that includes not just drug trafficking but also extortion, kidnapping, video piracy and the theft of billions of dollars in oil and gas from Mexico’s state petroleum company." (emphasis added)

So this "especially cruel" organization's heinous crimes include include not just murder, drugs, kidnapping, extortion, billion dollar theft, but also video piracy.  Horrors.

(I think the Entertainment Industry needs to come up with different names for different "tiers" of pirates.  I assume, given that it made this list, that these people were "pirating videos" on a pretty large scale and that it genuinely ate into industry sales.  But still, given that the vast majority of college students have engaged in what the industry calls "piracy" at one time or another, it just seems wrong to keep using that name for all actors, large and small.)

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