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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Software pirate sentenced by government to use Windows

Scott McCausland pled guilty to uploading Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith onto the Internet a day before the movie's release in May of 2005. He received 5 months in jail and then 5 months home confinement. As part of that part of his sentence, McCausland agreed to have some tracking software installed on his computer.

There's just one problem: McCausland is a Linux user, and the government doesn't have any tracking software that runs on Linux.

So now the government is making Scott McCausland use Microsoft Windows, or else don't use a computer at all.

If they make him use Windows Vista, would that violate the Geneva Convention?