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Bill that would allow MPAA and RIAA to hack your PC

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 23 Jul 2002 14:52 User comments (4)

News.com has an article of a upcoming bill that would make it legal for copyright holders to hack individual users' computers if they share illegal material through the Net.
If passed, the bill would make copyright holders, such as MPAA and RIAA, immune to all state and federal legal actions if they disable, block or otherwise impair a publicly accessible peer-to-peer network. If an individual user's computer was damaged because of the copyright holder's action, he/she would have to request a specific permission from the U.S. attorney general before filing a lawsuit against copyright holders. And to make matters worse, this suit could be filed only if the monetary value of the damaged hardware would exceed $250.

"I think it's wildly overreaching," Jessica Litman, a professor at Wayne State University, said. "Copyright owners are in essence asking Congress to say that peer-to-peer file trading is such a scourge, is so bad, that stopping it is more important than enforcing any other laws that federal or state governments may have passed on computer security, privacy, fraud and so forth."

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4 user comments

124.7.2002 13:02

Well, Problems are not only in France (I think about the forum webmasters sued for flame wars). I feel better :D


Pio2001

225.7.2002 0:32
indie665
Inactive

the only real terrorists is the government. if this bill is passed, I say the "terrorists" have won.


Tromadance, tromadance, tromadance.

325.7.2002 8:49

it seems that a bill like this would have the politictions between the people who voted them in and big biz who wants to make a buck (but not pay any tax on it) . I'd side with the masses (job security)... but truly if you go see a bad movie you dont get your money back why dont they credit our accounts when the movie or cd bites...? We the people should demand that they pay us not to use the p2p or if I send anything to someone will I have to incrypet it ? and is my email next......Oh this sounds like the begining of "Big Brother" (food for thought)

429.7.2002 22:46
ES-#1
Inactive

Preventing this is simple. Use an Anti-virus program and update it frequently. Use a personal firewall program and update it frequently. If they go the virus or worm route , some computers will have to be affected in order for the virus or worm to be discovered allowing for a vaccine created to destroy it. I suspect they'll use the hacking method. Either way they're destined to end up in deep, deep s**t. The fact that they have to resort to this means that they are very desperate.

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