If ever there
was proof that the universe is full of coincidences, it would be this. The
episode of The Simpsons broadcast this past Sunday (Steal This Episode) took a
satirical look at file-sharing, illegal downloading and all the other kinds of
mischievous behaviour that goes on when people choose not to pay for content.
In it, Homer
discovers that he can download content from the internet and in typical Homer
fashion, takes it to the extreme. Cue raids from the FBI and a friendly court
appearance to boot.
It was all
carried off in suitably humurous fashion as you would expect. The episode would
have been notable only for that too, except in an almost-certainly unplanned
coincidence, a lawsuit brought by FOX against a Canadian man concluded resulting
in a judgement of $10.5 million awarded to the studio.
alleged crime? Hosting websites with links to illegitimate copies of both The
Simpsons and Family Guy. Oh the irony!