Scout's Honor

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According to the New York Times, Hong Kong authorities are relying on Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and "nine other uniformed groups" to turn in anyone trading or downloading pirated songs or movies off the net. Dubbed the "Youth Ambassadors," 1,600 vigilantes age 9-25 will pledge their allegiance and willingness to reveal offenders in a giant stadium ceremony.  Of course, there is some incentive. Not only will government ministers be in attendance, but Hong Kong film and pop personalities will show up for the event. And while customs officials will keep the identities of the youth-informants secret, there are no real plans to persecute offenders. Instead, stern warnings will be sent to webmasters, demanding they remove pirated content, and better monitor their sites.  Link (via the Attack of the Show Blog)

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