Additionally, software can be written that will allow only authorized users to open files containing valuable information. If an unauthorized person accesses the information, a range of actions might then occur. For example, the file could be rendered inaccessible and the unauthorized user’s computer could be locked down, with instructions on how to contact law enforcement to get the password needed to unlock the account... [T]here are increasing calls for creating a more permissive environment for active network defense that allows companies not only to stabilize a situation but to take further steps, including actively retrieving stolen information, altering it within the intruder’s networks, or even destroying the information within an unauthorized network. Additional measures go further, including photographing the hacker using his own system’s camera, implanting malware in the hacker’s network, or even physically disabling or destroying the hacker’s own computer or network.
Wow. I'm glad you posted this story as it should have been presented, a bad idea by out of touch people. I get that companies need to try and protect their IP but at the same time they shouldn't get to screw everyone over to make bigger profits. One way I look at piracy, is just because someone pirates a movie or game or whatever, doesn't mean they would pay for it if piracy was not an option. A lot of stuff is over priced and a lot of people wouldn't have the money to pay for it regardless. The huge losses companies claim from piracy, I don't believe is anywhere near as bad as they try to make it out to be. Your not loosing money if the person pirating never would have paid for the product in the first place.
But that's the problem. This isn't an idea that should be framed by "Do I support Internet piracy?"
Let's say I believed that Internet piracy was the worst threat imaginable, strongly supported coypright, and wanted to create a strict licensing system. Fine. Good.
You do not create a licensing system by purposefully creating insecurities and pretending you, and only you, have access to them.
This, if implemented, will be a boon for Lawyers,................
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
The abolishment of privacy and the ability to disable and destroy individual's computers, sounds like the Chinese government's wet dream. I can't believe the USA Intellectual Property Theft Commission has the audacity to even propose something so treacherous.
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