posted Aug 23, 2000

Sony exec: We Own Your Computer Music & MP38/23/2000; 8:49:15 AM '"Sony is going to take aggressive steps to stop [Napster]," Heckler told the Summer Forty-Niner. "We will develop technology that transcends the individual user. We will firewall Napster at source -- we will block it at your cable company, we will block it at your phone company, we will block it at your [Internet-service provider]. We will firewall it at your PC.'It is not possible to firewall Napster and leave the rest of your network connectivity intact, esp. after Napster (and Gnutella, and Freenet, and ...) start trying to actively bypass the firewall. This will degrade your network connection, period, so the media companies can think they are protecting themselves.Let's hope this wouldn't fly legally; this would piss a lot of people off (remember the computer industry is about 10 times the size of the music industry), and you are not allowed to use your copyrights as an excuse to hurt anything else. Let's hope this was an ignorant blowhard who hasn't yet talked to his techs to learn that what he proposes is absurd....Especially that last point! Firewall it at my PC? Touch my PC and I'll haul your ass into court! Mine! Seriously, though, do they think they own my computer? If they think they can firewall Napster on my PC (a nearly meaningless phrase, BTW... he really means "block Napster"), which would involve forcing me to install a program and always have it active (do they have it for Linux?), then this guy obviously would answer yes.What a bozo. It's sad these people are making the law.


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