23 July, 2002

More Corporate Assclowns

A couple of Congressmen are working on a new bill that will allow music labels and movie studios to "hack" your computer.

Sponsored by Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., and Howard Coble, R-N.C., the measure would permit copyright holders to perform nearly unchecked electronic hacking if they have a "reasonable basis" to believe that piracy is taking place. Berman and Coble plan to introduce the 10-page bill this week.

When I first heard about the possiblity of people from the MPAA and RIAA trying to hack into peoples' boxes, I had no real problem with it. Alls fair in love and war. More importantly, it means that they are playing "the game" with the rest of us. Instead of running home to cry to mommy (or, in this case, the courts), they decided to play with the big boys and fight back. It promotes a rather demented sense of community, and more importantly, it keeps the people downloading the pirated music and movies on their toes. It sends out a message: "There is no such thing as a free lunch."

More importantly, if you're not willing to spend some time fortifying your computer against such attacks, you get what you deserve. The internet isn't some happy, sunshine world where nothing bad happens. I don't think crackers/hackers/phreakers/whatever should have free reign over the cyber-world, but damnit, you wouldn't leave your house unlocked and the windows open while you went to work, why are you doing the same thing with your computer everyday?

But what really pisses me off about this is that the bill in question would pretty much leave the corporations immune from any retaliation by the user in question. And that's a load of shit. You attack me, I will attack you. I mean, how would you feel if a police officer attacked you, and you were unable to fight back, because the law is on their side? Where would the justice be in that?

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