When I originally read this I wondered how long before the RIAA wanted access to the information to combat music terrorism.....
THE LAND of the Free is considering bringing in a new thought crime which is thinking about software or music piracy.
Details of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, will criminalise "attempting" to infringe copyright.
It means that you can go to prison for one to 10 years for trying to copy a music CD and failing. In another move you could get life in prison for using a pirated copy of Windows on your home PC.
It will be possible for the FBI to get a wire tap to see if you are using pirated software. Anyone who uses counterfeit products who "recklessly causes or attempts to cause death" can be sent down for life. The Justice Department says an example of this will be a hospital which uses pirated software instead of paying for it.
THIS MORNING THE American government is seriously talked about locking people up for life for making illegal copies of Windows. We should not be too surprised, for the last two or three years this idea of stealing people's ideas, music or videos has been a major obsession, particularly with American law makers.
To an observer, the US legal system lookss pretty much a pile of lunacy, where vengeful reactionary laws are bypassed by the rich. The Paris Hiltons of this world get their sentences cut and the poor end up being sentenced for years for the same offence. But it will finally reach the point of absurdity when you can be locked up for life because someone copies a bit of software or a song.
The RIAA can bleat, "hey it is theft". But even that argument wears thin when you start locking up people for life for it. We seem to have returned to the 18th century, when the UK transported people for stealing a sack of potatoes or hung you for stealing a horse.
Allowing rich and powerful pressure groups that much control of the legal system is dragging it backwards and lowering the standards of the universe.
I wonder how long before MS steps in to help enforce it???
"MS Windows has detected an illegal operation, you have wilfully committed a thought crime by attempting and failing to illegally copy a music CD."
MS Justice (related to Dr Watson) has found you guilty and contacted the police with your information, please stay by your computer until law enforcement officers arrive.
MS Justice has already sentenced you to 10 years hard labour for your crime against humanity and the music industry.
Please note that if you had run a multi million dollar company and defrauded the shareholders out of millions you would have got 6 months.
MS Justice is copyrighted under the appropriate laws, Microsoft thank you for your custom and now revoke your licence as you are not allowed to use MS Windows for criminal activity or attempting any such activity.
We hope you think about the struggling artists in one of the many different homes around the world while you do serve your sentence for your crime.
Delivering Justice on behalf the RIAA and MPAA
Its seems that America is just delivering laws for the corporates rather than the people.