Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The AG declares you guilty

It looks like another suspension of the 5th amendment is under way in congress. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced HR4279, "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008". Slashdot of course has the discussion of this.

What this bill purportedly does is create an office of intellectual property enforcement within the "Department of Justice", with powers to seize equipment that contains just one file of "dubious origin." Interestingly, seizure of items seems to be under the same rules as pioneered in the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, and copyright and trademark infringements are now bona fide felonies. I recall the drug control programs working rather well in the USA, don't you?

So, basically, your computer now belongs to the government, since within your browser's cache there is a guaranteed image file covered in some sort of copyright dispute. I suggest they check Mr. Conyers' computers first.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

Wow who knew? Meatball, are you doing any work these days? great blog amigo keep it up. I'd like to hear more about your interests.

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