Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




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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    Edward R Cole, 12 Nov 2005 @ 5:21pm

    Orin Hatch; I am a little late on this response.

    This sounds strikingly similar to "Faranheit 452; The Temperature Where Books Burn."
    Quite frankly, I could care less about the music industry. The internet will level out the playing field and the real talent will emerge from the socially democratic processes embedded in search engines and chat forums. Orin is not worried about the corporation manufactured artists, he is worried about the corporate fatcats who are going to go out of business. Ahh, yes, the demise of corporate tyranny, due to the rise of an authentic capitalism; oh, yes, the irony...it sounds so sweat to the ears.
    E Russell Cole

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