Get this one … MP3newswire.net and Jon Newton report,
Microsoft, Apple and other owners of the BSA (Business Software Alliance), together with the entertainment cartels, are demanding that America’s Cheney/Bush administration adds new commercial ‘crimes’ to US law.
What’s their excuse?
New laws, mooted by purely commercial intersts, would, “bump up criminal penalties for pirates, expand criminal prosecutors’ powers and punish anyone who attempts’ to infringe a copyright,” says CNET News.
The article goes on to say:
“According to the proposal being circulated by the department, the measure would create a new crime called ‘attempting to infringe a copyright‘ and subject it to the same penalties as more serious infringement offenses.”
1984 here we come … thought crimes to become reality in 2005?
Oh, and it just gets better:
Anyone found guilty of the new ‘crimes’ wouldn’t only face jail, says CNET. He or she would also, “have to pay the copyright holder” and any other “victim of the offense” out-of-pocket losses “resulting from the crime”.
At the moment, “it’s only possible to enforce against copyrights that are registered with the government” but, “The new proposal would make that true only in civil cases, allowing prosecutors to go after pirates regardless of whether the copyright is registered.”
Why don’t we all just go check ourselves into the nearest prison now and avoid the rush? ANYONE, literally anyone could be prosecuted with this type of witch hunt legislation.
And nobody thought that things like the book 1984 and the TV show Max Headroom or any of the other SciFi stories could ever come true?