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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    Josh, 8 Feb 2008 @ 10:37am

    Computer security folks already have a hard enough time getting rid of malware infested botnets. Now RIAA wants to make them worse by getting people to turn off their antivirus programs. Stupendous idea. There are a few possibilities here.
    1) All antivirus providers say "No way, we don't call out customers criminals."
    2) Some antivirus providers do what the RIAA asks and lose massive market share.
    2a) Some antivirus providers do what RIAA wants, make their software perfect so it gives no false positives, and everyone sharing media turns their antivirus off and gets infected.
    2b) Some antivirus providers do what RIAA wants and people doing legal file transfers hit so many false positives that they have to turn off their antivirus, and get infected.

    Of course, if everyone turns off their antivirus, no one will notice the return of DRM rootkits on CDs and DVDs.

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