Declan McCullugh over at News.com got his hands on a draft copy of the new bill from Reps. Berman and Coble that would let Hollywood hack your computer. From the description in the article, the bill is scarier than expected. Basically, it gives Hollywood an exemption from any sort of hacking laws (I guess they won't have to spend the rest of their lives in jail, unlike some other hackers), so they can target anyone they think might be distributing copyrighted works. Then, if they did damage to your computer, you would have to (get this) apply for permission from the U.S. Attorney General, before you could sue - and you could only do that if you proved $250 or more in monetary damages. There are so many things wrong with this proposal it's tough to know where to start. It's scary, however, that a specific industry group suddenly gets a full exemption to do (for their own profit) what individuals could get a life sentence for, even when not done for profit. I guess, that's our corporate lobbying system at work.
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