Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

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Lawmaker proposes legalized hacking against P2P Networks.

Okay. Now, personally, this bothers me. I worked in a video game company, and I do not approve of piracy...but this seems like a scary precedent to try and set. They want to legalize, at the least, denial-of-service, DNS hijacking and spoofing attacks on P2P networks and providers. It's a downhill slide...will they eventually legalize virii and other more stringent methods of reprisal? You know they'd love to if they could; make a CD where if you digitize a track into MP3 it happens to form a virus.

Plus, it will just piss off the pirates more. The people who /do/ buy CDs currently and use MP3s just to sample songs to decide if they want a CD (I do actually know some of these people, though they're an admittedly vanishing breed) will feel offended by the big companies being the 'bad guys'. And it won't stop anything...someone will innovate to come out with a new method, and the companies will either have to give up (which is unlikely) or beg for further rights, like the ability to reverse-engineer P2P networks (i.e. violate the NDA you accept when you install the software) or to demand the source code to any P2P client. Does that mean that then I can start demanding the rights to CD burning software code if I think that the package is being used to copy a game I published? Where does it stop?

Personally, I like the ability to rip my CDs to MP3. Not to trade them around, but because I like putting all my music on my hard drive in a nice big playlist which I can just set on 'shuffle'.

Troubling precedents, I guess...
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