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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  1. identicon
    ReverendJoe, 8 Feb 2008 @ 1:34am

    Re: AC / RIAA Employee

    > Gee, why should the RIAA expect people to follow the law?

    They shouldn't, when the law is an unjust one they purchased using the funds they legally stole from the deserving artists by means of the last generation's set of laws that they also purchased.

    > How can you look at yourself in the mirror each morning
    > knowing that you have to lie to justify your law breaking
    > to yourself and the rest of the world?

    I don't lie. I admit I break unjust laws, and I also consider it self-evident that there is no need to justify defying that which is unjust.

    > Does your mother know you break the law and violate
    > copyright law?

    Yes. She is one of the many people I was referring to when I just mentioned that I admit that I break this particular unjust law.

    > If your kids see you doing this, what do you think you are
    > teaching them?

    That unjust laws are made to be, and SHOULD be, broken.

    > Sad, actually. Very sad indeed.

    Indeed.

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