lucy24 - 8:26 pm on Jul 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
And if copyrights are being broken then those sites breaking them deserve all they get.
Whose copyrights? The ones in the country where the server is physically located, the ones where the person-up-top lives, or US copyright? Note in particular that the US does not follow the rule of the shorter term, so a work may be out of copyright in its own country-- say, a book by a Canadian that was never published anywhere else-- but still nominally under copyright in the US.
If you are talking about a work that was published last year by a currently living human, it will be under copyright no matter where you are-- the differences only become evident once you go back a few decades-- so what has the US got to say about it? Let the server's own country do the prosecuting. And if the country in question has an established record of turning a blind eye, that's no longer a matter of individual prosecution but of sanctions and International Discussion.