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I should have a category called "flights of idiocy" for this kind of thing: Senator endorses destroying computers of illegal downloaders:

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet.

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"I'm interested," Hatch interrupted. He said damaging someone's computer "may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights."

The senator acknowledged Congress would have to enact an exemption for copyright owners from liability for damaging computers. He endorsed technology that would twice warn a computer user about illegal online behavior, "then destroy their computer."

"If we can find some way to do this without destroying their machines, we'd be interested in hearing about that," Hatch said. "If that's the only way, then I'm all for destroying their machines. If you have a few hundred thousand of those, I think people would realize" the seriousness of their actions, he said.

Do these "lawmakers" even use computers? Do they realize the kind of damage that "destroying the computer" could do to a person's life, just to "teach them about copyrights"? Assuming that it was a "teaching" problem (which it isn't), why not improve the famously flawed education system instead? Okay, I'll stop. This kind of pronouncement doesn't even qualify for a rebuttal. (On the other hand, it should be rebutted, otherwise they will pass this legislation). Hopefully Europe's lawmakers won't get any brilliant ideas like this any time soon.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on June 18 2003 at 11:27 AM

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