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
Companies: riaa

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Feb 2008 @ 3:08pm


    Piracy is the future. Whether people like it or not. Until they come up with a business model that works with it, then they're going to be struggling.

    All innovation has come from people breaking the law or doing things that are socially unforgivable and forbidden. If that didn't happen we'd all still think the Earth was the center of the universe and you'd get your head chopped off for saying an apple fell from the tree because of gravity instead of because of God's will.

    People that drag there feet and deny everything because it's "wrong" or different or "illegal" are going to be left in the dust. Piracy WONT be stopped. It just wont. Whether you sad, very sad indeed, people like it or not.

    People it's wrong, maybe it's not, I sure as hell don't have the authority to say one way or the other, but it's here to stay. It has to be made to work. Otherwise idiots at the RIAA are going to keep fear-mongering and spewing out crap and generally getting nothing done.

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