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
    Chronno S. Trigger, 9 Feb 2008 @ 7:57am

    Re:

    Fact: The recording industry can try and protect their IP even to the point of recording industry extinction.

    Hypothesis: The recording industry probably will

    Fact: DRM was put in place because the RIAA has no idea how pirating works

    Fact: ALL pirated music/movies/programs come without DRM.

    Fact: DRM is useless and will never work

    Fact: DRM is just a wast of money

    Fact: The RIAA/MPAA could work with pirating and make a boat load more money

    Fact: The RIAA/MPAA is far to stupid to realise the previous fact.

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