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Sunday, May 04, 2003

Welcome back my friends

To the show that never ends.

From NY Times: Software Bullet Is Sought to Kill Musical Piracy. The recording industry is stockpiling an arsenal backstage for their own little war against the so-called music pirates. They've already started spamming their message in P2P chat rooms with, "When you break the law, you risk legal penalties. There is a simple way to avoid that risk: DON'T STEAL MUSIC."

Among the other possible ammunition up their sleeves:

  • Somehow they would slip a Trojan horse onto the alleged pirate's computer that would land him on a site where he could buy the song they tried to download. Like anyone is going to give their credit card information over to a site they were forced upon. Trust.
  • A program that would lock up the so-called pirate's computer. If the computer is restarted before the freeze runs its course, all unsaved data will be lost.
  • A program that scans the downloader's hard drive and deletes music.
  • Hitting the downloader's Internet connection with an interdiction.

And, all this because of an alleged $4.3 billion loss in music sales. Is this supposed to evoke sympathy from the pirates or what? They've thrown this and other figures and percentages around for about a year or so now. How did they arrive at that figure?

In this court of public opinion, as in a court of law, the music industry might consider backing up their figures with hard evidence. For instance, show how many records were produced, how many were shelved, how many were released, the cost to produce those records, how the money was spent, and who got the money. Do that for each year for the last ten years. For starters.

The article quotes Larry Lessig as saying, "The law has ways to deal with copyright infringement. Freezing people's computers is not within the scope of the copyright laws."

Posted by Marie at May 4, 2003 2:24 PM


Don't get me started on the whole peer to peer file-sharing debate, especially when it involves the RIAA. I can't believe how much this association's administrators can sit on their supposed high horse pointing fingers and casting stones at others, after they have been the cause of so much misuse of power and deception over the past few decades. Oh, wait, I wasn't going to get started. Grrrr... ;)

Posted by: Jeff at May 5, 2003 9:08 AM