Wednesday, June 26, 2002
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Sock Puppet Legislation
Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif, one of the Hollywood congressmen, is proposing letting 'copyright holders' crack the web.
"These tactics include: "
interdiction, in which a copyright owner floods a file swapper with false requests so that downloads can't get through;
redirection, in which a file swapper might be pointed to a site that doesn't actually have the files they're looking for;
and spoofing, in which a corrupt or otherwise undesirable file masquerades as a song, movie or other file that people are seeking.
"Use of some of these tactics might be deemed illegal today under common law, state statutes, or the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Berman said."
Some of them? They are all illegal. The RIAA thinks this is a great idea.
They tried this last year as an amendment to an anti-terrorism bill.
Censorship: the next generation
Microsoft is attempting to position themselves as the saviour of the entertainment industry with the next Windows. PALLADIUM is described as a DRM software/hardware combination to ensure that only 'trusted Media' will work on your new computer.
This requires two very troubling things. Hardware with Microsoft specific chips and Microsoft software. The hardware part will turn your new computer into a spy appliance for Microsoft, and the Software will cost you a fortune.
I use AMD Processors exclusively. I do not trust Intel. But this article at Extremetech about AMD and Trusted Computing is gonna make me look long and hard for motherboards and chips that do not have phone home/spyware features.
The Coming Police State
"In 1994, Congress passed the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The law was designed to make it easier for law enforcement and criminal investigation agencies to wiretap telephone conversations. While the entire legislation was bitterly controversial, one of the most contentious provisions of CALEA was the demand for the capability to ascertain specific information about telephone calls without a warrant. Since then, the telecommunications industry, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and civil liberties advocacy groups have been squabbling about how to bring the telecommunications networks into compliance with the law. In mid-April, the FCC ordered the telecommunications companies to comply with CALEA by the end of June. "
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