copyright and censorship

Bill has an excellent post on the RIAA peer-to-peer trial, so I am only going to add the following comparison as food for thought. The U.S. being the land of the freedom, and China being the authoritarian country that censors its media – how come the case of the Minnesota woman being fined $220,000 for uploading 24 songs reminds me so much of the Chinese proverb “Killing The Chicken To Scare the Monkey“? The RIAA and the Chinese government make for some strange bedfellows ..