Comment to: Local man faces court on child pornography charges by heraldstandard.com
As I see it, the only way the authorities did track him was due to his use of p2p-networks.
At the moment, technology makes it relatively easy for the police to track hard criminals in p2p-networks, but it also allows people to do small infringements rather safely (just like people don't stop at red traffic lights when there is no car in sight),
So I'd think the current state quite ideal.
Sadly there's an organisation called RIAA1 which drives p2p-networks underground and which will eventually cease that action or achieve the "fame" to have been the one organisation which was responsible in the end for forcing p2p-networks to evolve into completely anonymous and untrackable networks, where hard crimes aren't trackable anymore.
So, this case shows once again, that noncommercial "piracy" shouldn't be attacked but should instead be allowed and even fostered, because it increases social welfare (the access to media is improved, while there is no significant damage to sales) and in many cases even helped law enforcement catch criminals who really do damage (and in this case: did very much damage).
Information about the impact of p2p-networks based on a study from the university of chicago: - http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/JPE/journal/issues/v115n1/31618/31618.html - http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/resolve?JPE31618PDF (open twice to read)
The RIAA is nowadays accompanied by the MPAA. ↩
The European Copyright directive threatens online communication in Europe.
But thanks to massive shared action earlier this year, the European parliament can still prevent the problems. For each of the articles there are proposals which fix them. The parliamentarians (MEPs) just have to vote for them. And since they are under massive pressure from large media companies, that went as far as defaming those who took action as fake people, the MEPs need to hear your voice to know that your are real.
If you care about the future of the Internet in the EU, please Call your MEPs.