Web mob is the new jury?

Any web geek will have heard of the Digg vs. the AACS copy protection body, but is this the new Jury system?

One of my distance memories of history lessons is on why jury systems are good for society.

Whenever a law became too onerous or the penalty too severe, a jury would not convict. For example, if the penalty for stealing bread was cutting off you hands, and the jury thought your reason for doing so was reasonable, they would not convict. The upshot was that laws were changed because juries stopped convicting.

However, with thousands of Internet users now impudently breaking the law, Mr. Sprigman said that the entertainment and technology industries would have no realistic way to pursue a legal remedy. “It’s a gigantic can of worms they’ve opened, and now it will be awfully hard to do anything with lawsuits,” he said.

When Google can track over a million pages with the key, and Geek Goddess Cali Lewis does a music video of it, what can you do?

And have I just published it as part of the Google URL? Has Google published it many times?

3 contributions to “Web mob is the new jury?

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  2. Mob, as in the traditional crowd of people:

    The term “mob” (from the Latin mobile vulgus, ‘fickle crowd’) carries a connotation of a crowd with an (often angry and sometimes riotous) agenda.

    Web being their method of creating a virtual gathering…

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