Senator Endorses Destroying Computers Of Downloaders

from the a-bit-extreme dept

Senator Orrin Hatch today said that he thinks it would be good if there were technology that would destroy the computers of those who download music from the internet. During a discussion about ways to stop copyright infringement, he specifically asked about ways to damage users' computers. When told that no one was interested in actually damaging machines, he responded: "I'm interested" and said that it "may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights." He says he wants technology that would warn a user (twice) and "then destroy their computer." Then, to reiterate the point, he said: "If that's the only way, then I'm all for destroying their machines." This of course, goes beyond even the most ridiculous proposals in the last few years from politicians. While it's unlikely to lead to any situations where this is actually occurring, it's a bit scary that he's suggesting such a draconian system for propping up obsolete business models, rather than encouraging companies to create new business models around new digital opportunities.

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    imhotep1, 17 Jun 2003 @ 11:38pm

    It's just not possible

    While it is technically possible to write harmful viruses, or a bios or bootsector corrupting program, distributing one and executing it on every possible combination of opperating system and hardware architecture is not possible. It isn't possible and it never will.
    When people like Orrin Hatch, or RIAA spokespeople, or anyone else makes claims even remotely like this, we should point out that computers don't work like that, and that they are idiots.
    Microsoft might make computers work this way with Palladium, but someone will find away around it, and it will just be another reason not to use their products.
    I'm sure if we all put our heads together we could come up with other copy protection schemes that are even more draconinan and stupid. How about electrodes that connect our genitals to the computer's power supply, so it can shock us if we download anything the government finds inappropriate. Perhaps maybe just a big metal spike with a CO2 cartridge behind it could be mounted on the monitor, firing directly into our brains if we so much as even look at copywrited data.

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