June 28, 2004
There is no lowest thing...

...they will stoop to to fence culture with copyrights. Latest reminder of this sad fact is a new bill being proposed that tries to characterize P2P software makers (and presumably streaming media player makers by extension) as child abusers. No, it's not a joke. Here's how it works:
The bill is called the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act and it is backed by some choice guilt by association rhetoric:

“It is illegal and immoral to induce or encourage children to commit crimes,” said Hatch.

“Tragically, some corporations now seem to think that they can legally profit by inducing children to steal,” said Hatch. “Some think they can legally lure children into breaking the law with false promises of ‘free music.’”

Almighty god! - P2P is turning our kids into law breaking crazies. Listening to all that vulgar rock'nroll music will turn them on to sex, alchol and drugs!

Have these people got no shame. This is almost as crazy as the an eye for an eye, a hack for a hack bill of yesteryear.

How about an "Inducing Acceleration of Obesity Act" to sue McDonald's now you're at it. Oh wait, I forgot that somebody already did that. Let's hope Hatch's insane legislation meets the same destiny as at least some of these lawsuits.

Posted by Claus at June 28, 2004 10:48 PM | TrackBack (0)
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