Thursday, May 17, 2007

Homeland Security + RIAA = IP Act of 2007 (techyum):

I really, really wish this was a joke -- the additions and extensions proposed by Gonzales to the reach, fines and punishments for "attempted piracy" are outrageous, frightening, and are tantamount to Orwellian-style thought crime punishment. They're proposing life imprisonment for use of pirated software, easy seizure and sale of computers, wiretapping for Americans they believe to be "attempting piracy", a provision to require the Dept. of Homeland Security to notify the RIAA, and prosecution for "attempts" to infringe copyright. And we all know how well we can trust both the RIAA and HS for their prosecutorial accuracy.

5:08 PM