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RIAA Wants Gov. to Delete Your Illegal Downloads

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Copyright holders are now lobbying to be allowed access to your computer to delete content they deem bad.

Big Brother is watching you. Actually, it's the RIAA and the MPAA, especially if you're parked on a BitTorrent client. The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that both organizations--along with a few others--want to take the file-monitoring process a huge step further by infiltrating consumer PCs and deleting the infringing content off their hard drives. How? Through "anti-infringement" spyware developed and enforced by the government.

This is no joke.

"There are several technologies and methods that can be used by network administrators and providers...these include [consumer] tools for managing copyright infringement from the home (based on tools used to protect consumers from viruses and malware)," reads a caption in a joint comment (pdf) filed by the MPAA and RIAA.

The joint comment goes on to suggest other means of copyright enforcement including a mandatory scan on all internet connections to interdict transfers of illegal content, physical searches at all borders of personal media players, laptops, and USB sticks. There's even an indication that the parties want to enforce international bullying to force other countries to put similar policies in place.

But there's more. The comment said that the copyright holders want the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to fork over agents--at the taxpayer's expense--so that they can guard the media prior to distribution.

"The planned release of a blockbuster motion picture should be acknowledged as an event that attracts the focused efforts of copyright thieves, who will seek to obtain and distribute pre-release versions and/or to undermine legitimate release by unauthorized distribution through other channels," the statement reads. "Enforcement agencies (notably within DOJ and DHS) should plan a similarly focused preventive and responsive strategy. An inter-agency task force should work with industry to coordinate and make advance plans to try to interdict these most damaging forms of copyright theft, and to react swiftly with enforcement actions where necessary."

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    Lan , April 15, 2010 11:38 PM
    Say hello to the biggest pirating movement in history if this goes down. lol
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    bdcrlsn , April 15, 2010 11:37 PM
    And they actually think they'd be able to get away with this?
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    daship , April 15, 2010 11:38 PM
    Good Luck!!!! This is not China, sorry.
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  • 51 Hide
    bdcrlsn , April 15, 2010 11:37 PM
    And they actually think they'd be able to get away with this?
  • 52 Hide
    Lan , April 15, 2010 11:38 PM
    Say hello to the biggest pirating movement in history if this goes down. lol
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    truehighroller , April 15, 2010 11:38 PM
    Yay there goes the rest of my Privacy hey, maybe next they can put collars and leashes on us next that would be cool. Here's a question where's that group that wants the governors to resign in USA and to take back our Freedom again? I think I'm starting to like the sound of that group.
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    daship , April 15, 2010 11:38 PM
    Good Luck!!!! This is not China, sorry.
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    96stangman , April 15, 2010 11:39 PM
    So Basically what i here is them saying they can get into anyones computer anytime WTF
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    vulmer , April 15, 2010 11:40 PM
    Easy way around this... all a person would have to do is download their pirated stuff on to an external and use it on a pc that is not connected to the interwebs. I doubt any of this will pass, though.
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    hunter315 , April 15, 2010 11:42 PM
    If this goes through i figure we are only a few years away from thought police and renaming the country Oceania. Remember, Big Brother is watching you!

    Pretty sure Orwell was right when he wrote "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever."
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    captaincharisma , April 15, 2010 11:42 PM
    well it would create jobs becvause god knows how many more people they would need to keep up with the million of warrants they would need to do this
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    norb8 , April 15, 2010 11:42 PM
    Any sort of spyware created by the RIAA or MPAA will be patched so quickly by programmers that I laugh at their attempts to hijack my computer.

    Border scans of my hard drive and portable usb sticks? I'm fairly sure that that falls under the unreasonable search and seizure policy in the constitutions of Canada and the US.
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    Teen Geek , April 15, 2010 11:43 PM
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    Ryun , April 15, 2010 11:44 PM
    I know it's fun to hate on the RIAA and MPAA, but those two organizations can suck it. I don't want a single cent of my tax money to be used to further their agenda. Your business model is flawed, stop trying to screw over the American people so you can buy a few jets.
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , April 15, 2010 11:46 PM
    I am not sure how much farther they can go than this!

    So the RIAA and MPAA want to be allowed to legally hack our computers or to legally be able to download spyware onto our computers. AND they want the government to help enforce copyright laws at the TAX PAYERS expense...Oh yeah, they also want to bully other governments. Wow... amazing.

    These companies are worse off than I thought. These are clearly signs of desperation. Do I even need to say that this will backfire horribly? I have paid for all my music, movies, and games, and I am getting pretty sick and tired of all the bull from the recording industries. Everyday I am given a reason by the gaming, movie, and music industry to hate them and not pay for their crap.

    The good news is that this will never come to pass (and if it did, it would be struck down). That being said, it is disturbing to see what ends the MIAA and MPAA will go.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2010 11:49 PM
    Is their no end to what these idiots will do. what next? Is the RIAA going charge me with copyright infringment for humming a tune. Is the MPAA going to crack open our heads and remove the offending brain cells for thinking about a sceen form a movie? this is the stupidest thing i have ever heard of.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2010 11:50 PM
    Lets see if they can get past a Secure, no reply iptables setup on Ubuntu.....I'll be waiting!
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2010 11:52 PM
    While we're on the subject of impossible wishes coming true, I want every woman on earth to recognize that I have the perfect penis. I also want nullify the existence of all members of the Recording Industry Ass. of America and the Motion Picture Ass. of America (not kill, mind you, just erase that they every existed). I'm sure I'll get my two wishes when the Recording Industry Ass. of America and the Motion Picture Ass. of America get theirs.
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    kennyforgames , April 15, 2010 11:53 PM
    I guess I should buy another computer that is isolate from the network just for watch illegal movies and pc gaming. oh wait.. scan my computer for my creditcard information and force me to pay is another option they have.
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    grillz9909 , April 15, 2010 11:55 PM
    What about my rights?
    Oh wait this is America.
    Home of rich snobs and bad politics.
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    seraphimcaduto , April 15, 2010 11:55 PM
    They think it is ok to go and snoop in someone's computer, but when it is done to their property, they cry foul? I don't think so. This sounds like the plot of a cheesy movie in which a corporation is doing something horrendously wrong and a bunch of hackers band together to take them on....wait...hmm..."wink"
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    Marco925 , April 15, 2010 11:55 PM
    Don't they realise that they're CREATING pirates with these tactics?

    We the people will always be one step ahead.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 15, 2010 11:55 PM
    LOL. This is awesome. If the RIAA and MPAA are reading these comments they will know who to start with first. LOL
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