Gray Davis Panders To Entertainment Industry
from the trying-to-please-everyone-with-bad-bills dept
As California's Governor (for now) Gray Davis fights to keep his job in the upcoming recall election, it seems he's suddenly signing some very bad legislation to pander to various constituents. First, he signed the anti-spam bill that goes too far. Now, he's trying to make the entertainment industry happy by signing some "Hollywood friendly" laws concerning digital music and movies. The first puts an RIAA member on the state task force looking into "high tech theft". The task force will now add file sharing to the crimes they will spend tax payer money fighting. That's right - not only will the RIAA help put you in jail for listening to music, they now get to use your own taxpayer money to put you there. The second law makes using a video camera in a movie theater a misdemeanor punishable by up to one-year in jail. Considering the fact that most "pirated" films aren't coming from people in movie theaters, this will do nothing to actually stop movie copying. However, it will throw a few more people in jail (more taxpayer money) for longer than plenty of real criminals will spend in jail.