Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Apr 2006 15:06 UTC, submitted by Punktyras
Legal For the last few years, a coalition of technology companies, academics and computer programmers has been trying to persuade Congress to scale back the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Now US Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite. A proposed copyright law seen by CNET would expand the DMCA's restrictions on software that can bypass copy protections and grant federal police more wiretapping and enforcement powers.
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This is a bad law.
by asupcb on Wed 26th Apr 2006 19:52 UTC
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This is an issue that should be dealt with by the tort system. The proper venue for dealing with copyright violations (which are actually breaches of contracts as is breaking software EULA) is the civil court system and not the criminal justice system. I do not physically harm anyone when I download music, however if I'm caught then I should pay reparations to those that I stole from because I breached my contract with them. It is lunacy to throw people in jail for this. Why do we put up with this stupid crap? Better yet does any one still think of the USA as the "Land of the Free?" I mean I live in a dry county and I have to drive to the next county just to buy beer every weekend. Also why the hell is pot illegal and alcohol and tobacco aren't? Could you imagine Baseball games if everyone was high instead of drunk? There would be no fighting and sales at the concession stands would go through the roof.
Our country has gone nuts. Whatever happened to "Government of the People, by the people"? We are as bad as any "Old Europe" country. Our Republic sucks and the truth is the reason why it sucks is because instead of taking responsibility for our actions every time something goes wrong we say "there ought to be a law." Now we have so many laws that no one knows what they are and our Congressmen often vote for laws that they don't read through entirely.
So how do we fix this? Well one easy way is to vote third party. Vote for the greens or libertarians or the US Marijuana Party or Nader. I mean would you rather show support for someone and something that you think would actually be good for the country or vote for the lesser of two evils in which you are guaranteed to get screwed one way or another. And if you don't like any of them vote third party anyway just as a protest vote. I mean if Hillary or Rice wins in 2008 we will be screwed no matter what because they each suck in their own vacuous ways. If you vote the lesser of the two evils then itís like trying to decide if you would rather get screwed by a donkey or an elephant either way it will be painful.

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