Again, I'm really not trying to fill Techdirt up with only RIAA backlash stories - it's just that there are so many of them. This one might be the most surprising, however. Back in June, Senator Orrin Hatch (also an amateur musician) made a ton of news for suggesting that anyone found with infringing music files on their computers should have the machines destroyed. Like a good politician, though, he seems to have sensed that didn't go over so well in the court of public opinion. He's suddenly very very concerned that the DMCA is not perfect and that the RIAA may be overstepping their bounds by filing these lawsuits. Three months ago he wanted to simply fry all computers after a simple warning, and now he thinks a lawsuit is going too far? While it's nice that he's knocking the RIAA a bit, you have to wonder about how well Senator Hatch understands the issues he's talking about if he sways so widely from one side to the other in such a short period of time, without the simplest explanation for his change of heart.
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