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Thursday, July 18, 2002


Stop Policeware - FIGHT THE CBDTPA

Copyright law is on the ropes. No one seems to know how to bring it into the 21st Century. Is the crippling of all new technology an answer? I don't think so.

Instead of trying to protect the dead horse that is Copyright Law, our representatives would be better advised to find a replacement. Otherwise, it seems that nearly everyone will be a copyright criminal.

Bills such as this one remind me of some laws from the turn of the last century. In order to avoid scaring horses, automobiles were required to be led by a walking man waving a red flag. That law didn't last long and neither will this. You cannot use the law to halt technology in its tracks, no matter how much you might want to try. The law must adapt to new technology and develop ways to integrate new technology into society.

From the site...

You, if you're one of the millions of Americans who uses your computers to burn music CD's, listen to MP3's, share video files, etc. You'd face up to five years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.

Think you'd be able to get around the law by removing the policeware from your personal computer? Think again -- anyone who defies the government by disabling or tampering with the policeware on their own computer, in the privacy of their own home or business, would also face five years in the slammer.

Since alternative operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD would most likely refuse to incorporate government policeware into their code, users of these open-source systems would also be eligible for hard time.


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