The Silk Road trial has only been going on for two weeks, and already it’s had its fair share of drama: There have been setups by the prosecution, accusations and alternative theories tossed out by the defense, and, yes, selfies.
Motherboard’s Kari Paul has been at the trial every day of the week, and our reporters have been covering Silk Road, Darknet markets, and internet trials for quite some time now. So, for this week’s episode of Radio Motherboard, we decided to catch you up if you haven’t been paying attention to what’s happened and speculate a little bit about on whether or not this case will have long-lasting ramifications.
If you see the words “copyright” and “law” juxtaposed next to each other, and your eyes glaze over, we don’t necessarily blame you. But copyright law is insane, and a wonderful, constant source of nutty human interest cases that explore every part of art, culture, and greediness.
This week on Radio Motherboard, we invited the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Parker Higgins and legal journalist Sarah Jeong, authors of the great 5 Useful Articles copyright newsletter, to talk about why we should care about any of this.
If you’re interested in what happens when SpaceX starts taking photos on NASA missions, what happens when a delusional man tries to sue the pants off of Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, and the whole Citizenfour crew, or what happens when a monkey takes a picture, give it a listen. This is still something of a new project, so any and all feedback is appreciated. Send it my way at firstname.lastname@example.org.