Hollywood Hacking Bill Will Hurt, Not Help The Music Industry

from the seems-pretty-obvious-to-most-of-us dept

Gartner Group is predicting what many people see as being incredibly obvious. The “Hollywood Hacking” bill that would let Hollywood hack into computers of those they think might possibly (maybe) be sharing copyrighted materials will do more harm than good for the entertainment industry. They say that it’s a sign of desperation, and it’s only covering up the fact that the entertainment industry hasn’t been able to put together a real business model for the digital age.

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Mgallagher says:

When did this happen?

So, can someone tell me when the customer became an adversary of business? How long can a business model exist if it relies on treating the people to whom you must provide some value greater than the price of the product as enemies?

I know the some businesses have always seen customers as cash cows to be milked, I’m just curious as to when this became the general rule.


2Lazy2Register says:

Re: When did this happen?

Who will care? The average ‘Joe’ will not even know about this until it is spoon-fed to him by the network talking heads. When will that happen? Well, let’s see. Disney owns ABC, so they aren’t going to ‘break’ this story anytime soon. Time Warner/AOL has incredible control over cable (CNN). Fox is owned by the same conglomerate that owns movie studios. Who owns NBC and CBS? I don’t know, but then again, who even watches NBC or CBS news?

rax (user link) says:

Denial of Lack of Service

This bill will only confound the status of Denial of Service attacks in the US. IIRC, legislation already exists that makes such attacks illegal and punishable (if the perpetrators can be found).
By allowing private institutions to conduct DOS activities, this legislation opens a Pandora?s box of “what ifs” that includes DoSing competitors, or websites that are critical of a corporation.
Maybe I’m completely off base, or overreacting here, but I don’t like the idea of corporations waging “digital warfare” on each other. It’s bad for business and it’s bad for the infrastructure of the Internet.

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