RIAA Says Copyright Filters Could Be Put In Anti-Virus Software

from the anyone-else-have-to-save-the-industry? dept

It's been fairly amazing to watch the entertainment industry act as if every other industry is responsible for protecting its obsolete business model. Amazingly, it's been successful in convincing AT&T that this makes sense, despite the fact that doing so will almost certainly do more harm to AT&T. However, to its credit, Cary Sherman of the RIAA has said he doesn't think that ISPs should be forced by law to provide these filters. Instead, however, it looks like he's trying to convince other industries to step up and help the entertainment industry as well. His latest, as pointed out by Broadband Reports, is that one possibility would be for anti-spyware/anti-malware applications to also watch for the transfer of unauthorized copyright material. Sherman suggests that this would be one way to get around the question of people simply encrypting traffic to avoid ISP filters. What's not entirely clear, however, is why security firms would ever want to do such a thing, as it would almost certainly annoy their customers to no end.

Filed Under: anti-virus, filters, riaa
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    Reed, 7 Feb 2008 @ 3:50pm

    Drop the copyright act and lets get on with the sh

    We don't need copyrights, they offer nothing for society as a whole. They are clearly designed to offer a minority a special advantage over the majority. This privilege is then used as a tool to oppress others who come up with the same idea or similar concept.

    While the intention of copyrights as protecting an individual's private works seems worthy to some people, it is important to point out this is rarely the case with modern copyright practices. The real truth is corporations hold pieces of our own culture as ransom against us.

    Just think about something as simple as Happy Birthday to you which was originally adapted from Good Morning to you (made before the 1900's). It is owned by a corporation. They charge for people to sing what can only be consider a custom in the United States.

    That is the reality of the copyrighting system. It is privatizing our culture for profit.

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