IFPI Gets Into Malware Game
from the sure,-erase-all-my-files dept
The RIAA’s international cohort, the IFPI, has released a piece of software that uninstalls P2P software and copyrighted music and video from users’ computers. They’re calling it a “simple educational tool” to show people how they “can enjoy music and film legally and responsibly without risking legal action by copyright holders.” That sounds like a vaguely veiled threat that unless people delete files which the IFPI deems offensive, they’re open to being sued. A quote from the chairman of the IFPI sounds rather ominous as well: “This is a timely initiative: it comes after months of warning and information campaigns making it clear that file-swapping copyrighted music is illegal and could involve fines and prosecutions.” That sounds an awful lot like “run our software, or you’re going to get sued.” Of course, this really isn’t anything new, as the recording industry is no stranger to intimidation via lawsuit. Now, believing they have the right to determine the legality of certain applications and activities isn’t enough — they want to personally vet all the files on your computer, too.