posted Oct 15, 2001

RIAA Wants to Hack Your PC
Hacking & Cracking
'Look out, music pirates: The recording industry wants the right to hack into your computer and delete your stolen MP3s.'

I'm not sure where Wired is getting this. If you read the actual amendment, namely this part:

'No action may be brought under this subsection arising out of any impairment of the availability of data, a program, a system or information, resulting from measures taken by an owner of copyright in a work of authorship, or any person authorized by such owner to act on its behalf, that are intended to impede or prevent the infringement of copyright in such work by wire or electronic communication; provided that the use of the work that the owner is intending to impede or prevent is an infringing use.

it looks to me like they just want the right to block communication. Still a rather large carte blance to cause arbitrary damage to individuals or organizations by withholding the Internet access of those deemed guilty-without-trial of possibly infringing on copyright, but not quite to the "hacking into computers" level that the Wired article goes on and on about.

Admin note: @Home decided to change their network configuration around here without telling me in advance, and it took me three days to chase down all the settings I had to change for stuff to work. That's why it's been so quiet here, despite the fact I'm over my anthrax cold. At least it was a weekend.

 

 

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