Since when did DHS have the rights to enforce copyright?
Homeland Security is protecting us from EXTERNAL threats, the FBI takes care of INTERNAL threats... and copyright is not a threat so why are they even involved?
This is exactly why I am going to buy my own island and live there and be my own country. Then when people want to come to me with b.s. like this I can kill them for ignorance, stupidity and abuse of oxygen.
This is just another perfect example of why we need SMALL government.
When they start pushing issues like this one, you are not performing a service to anybody.
The government is only putting on it's "that's how we've always done it" hat and stepping on the little guy who has a better idea (internet).
Stop making bs policies to hinder the future!
Open commerce, Freedom of ideas, Survival of the fitest; that's how we stay on top, that's how we keep America strong.
Besides, why do they even think controlling 309 million Americas is actually going to help you?
There are ~5.7 billion more people out there that are outside your jurisdiction that can do whatever they want, despite policy.
Just proof that it's the evil money mongering, cd-stamping recording companies that are the true complainers when it comes to the loss of $ from piracy. Artist makes less then 20% from each cd sale, they aren't the ones lossing the money.
Growing up I remember playing a game called jinx, not a complicated game, don't have to set aside time to play or need any equipment to do it. You just have to be quick. Whenever you or somebody else said the same thing at the same time the first person to yell "jinx" had the power to silence the other person.. or whatever else you want to do... owe you a coke, whatever.
So why are people calling jinx on James Cameraon for Avatar?
It is entirely possible for two people to have similar ideas!!! Even when it comes to the complexities of a movie, book, song, whatever. Not identical... but similar.
So how does patent/copyright law even begin to define if one person owns the rights to an idea over another person? This is getting rediculous.
Despite all the aftermarket add-ons for cars these days saying 'not for street use' 'not carb legal' etc.... If your vechicle passes emissions then you're ok. Except you still have to have some safety standards mandated by state law... (exterior lights, dB level, etc)
'Chipping' a car simply changes a few strings of engine timing code to apply a performance based map for air to fuel ratio in the car... most easily chipped cars are ones that are already running a forced induction application.
As far as 'hacking' a cars ECU, it's not like taking out a computer on the internet, you need physical access to the vehicle... except OnStar type vehicles.... for now. Once cellphone connectivity comes standard with cars then the ECU will be able to be remotely attacked.
(insert sarcasm) I'm so glad the the auto industry is finally realizing that this potential threat could soon become a very real issue and much sooner then they think.