Op-ed piece by Andrew Harden for the "Recording Industry vs. The People" blog (run by two lawyers working with the EFF) discussing some implications of the latest in the series of overly broad anti-copying measures that continue to become the law of the land.
Read the entire piece here: "Between the RIAA and a Hard Place."
... Attorneys for the Recording Industry Association of America have made the argument that simply having a "Shared" folder on your computer can be considered grounds for infringement and, by extension, prosecution.
... The problem with this is that nearly every PC in use right now, running a modern operating system like, for example, Microsoft Windows XP, has a "Shared" folder on it ...created by Microsoft's Windows installer program.
... In Apple's OS X, we have the same thing. I have a folder called, simply, "Shared."
... So if I was subpoenaed right now, the RIAA would find a "Shared" folder.
... The Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006 would increase the penalties for infringement, and make attempting infringement illegal. ... Here's the problem with a law like this: it applies to entirely too much stuff. Stand up and look around, and raise your hand if you see a
Computer | Printer | Fax Machine | Photocopier | VCR | TiVo or DVR | Camera | Scanner | Audio recorder
All of these things are “tools” that can be used to "circumvent" anti-piracy measures.
...This campaign isn't about stopping piracy; it's about control. Instead of adapting to new technology, which is usually what happens, instead of finding a new business model, which is key to having a successful business, the RIAA is out to litigate the market into submission.