Skip to comments.RIAA/MPAA Want Government-Mandated Spyware That Deletes 'Infringing' Content Automatically
Posted on 04/15/2010 9:19:29 AM PDT by ShadowAce
The RIAA and MPAA have submitted a plan to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement. It's basically a plan that they want the government to enact, and it's terrifying.
Here are some of the lovely things that they're calling for:
* spyware on your computer that detects and deletes infringing materials;
* mandatory censorware on all Internet connections to interdict transfers of infringing material;
* border searches of personal media players, laptops and thumb-drives;
* international bullying to force other countries to implement the same policies;
* and free copyright enforcement provided by Fed cops and agencies (including the Department of Homeland Security!).
Uh, yeah. So we'd basically give up all of our privacy so the government could play copyright cops for the RIAA and MPAA. This is crazy stuff, and one's got to assume that it's so crazy that the government would never listen to it. But good lord. [EFF via Boing Boing]
“The RIAA and MPAA have submitted a plan to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement.”
All three need to be shutdown.
This government might listen to it. They want to control everything else.
yup. Just another step towards socialism
What are “infringing materials”?
Most are technologies already in play. What worries me is the “Borders” terminology. These “Borders” can easily be transposed into Digital Borders - Either opening or closing your digital domain to other countries. So that if you travel to Mexico with an MP3 player, your content is American property.
Much like a courier bag on an international flight.
So when I rip my CD so I can play it on my MP3 player how are they going to know if it’s an illegal copy? Do they expect that all MP3 players will play only online purchased content?
Not surprising, this is their world view.
But I don’t think they have the smarts to stay a jump ahead of the inevitable countermeasures. This will just make it easier for them to catch those who don’t know better.
I'd give it 24 hours before some 16 year old hacker will have figured out how to disable it and posted his "fix" all over the internet...
Copyright is a civil matter, not a criminal matter; this is definitely going too far, and the RIAA/MPAA should be investigated for anti-trust violations and racketeering.
Putting aside my views on copyright and violations thereof, it’s obvious that the RIAA/MPAA believe that political contributions should earn an astronomical rate of return (see also: unions).
Rather than research & fund DRM that truly works without hindering the end-user (if there is such a thing) they want government to enforce outdated laws and methods.
According to the RIAA, it *IS* an illegal copy.
>>But I dont think they have the smarts to stay a jump ahead of the inevitable countermeasures. This will just make it easier for them to catch those who dont know better.
Correct. For example, if you download from the BT networks, a great number of uploaders mask the file by compressing it by winrar. The best ones I’ve seen were when bootleg sofrwares were uploaded, there were applications imbedded which calculate the correct code as part of the file.
Heck, mininova was shut down but Pirate Bay still operates comes down also to effective lawyers.
A 12-year-old computer geek would have that disabled in 12 minutes — or less.
Oh, yeah, no potential for fiasco's there. Like when Windows DRM won't let you play content you created yourself because it lacks the DRM tags telling Windows it's OK. Now imagine that if instead of just not letting you use content YOU OWN, it deleted it instead!!
mandatory censorware on all Internet connections to interdict transfers of infringing material
Another fiasco in waiting. How are they going to know? Filenames? So now the onus is going to be on US to research every name of every content file on the net to make sure we don't use one of "their" names?? So does it then follow that one can "own" a filename (since no one else can feasibly use the same name)?
And who the fook do they think is going to pay for the ram bytes and CPU cycles to run this shiite? Cause it ain’t gonna be mine! Those are MY property! I paid for them, and I sure as HELL didn’t do so with the intention of using them to protect someone else from something I was never doing to them in the first place!
That's OK. According to me, the RIAA is illegal.
Here is a list of RIAA members, if you buy ANY of thier products then YOU are supporting thehttp://www.riaa.com/aboutus.php?content_selector=aboutus_membersm:
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