, now at CNET, has the story on the pro-corporate-hacking bill that Congresscritters Berman and Coble are introducing to Congress in coming days. This bill would allow corporations (or their agents) to hack into personal computers without a court order or any due process at all. As McCullagh writes: “Sponsored by Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., and Howard Coble, R-N.C., the measure would permit copyright holders to perform nearly unchecked electronic hacking if they have a “reasonable basis” to believe that piracy is taking place. Berman and Coble plan to introduce the 10-page bill this week.” Note that “reasonable basis” is not just the language they happened to choose – it’s legal language that basically gives companies the ability to give themselves permission to do this on a whim.
Archives for July 2002
KPIG – What Happened? Pretty much the most succinct description of how exactly we got to where we are in the Internet radio debacle.
that public meetings and workshops have the potential to give consumers a voice and provide balance to the whole discourse (any whole discourse, but in this case, specifically the one surrounding copyright in a networked world), you have to read this story from Grant Gross at The Register: Fair Use advocates silenced by Big Brother. The whole thing is ridiculous.
around here at a rapid pace for about a year now. The latest? We (Nadia and I) would like to welcome Jordie to the family.