Wednesday, November 30, 2005

FBI should have veto power over software

The FCC thinks that the FBI should have veto power over software that consumers have access to. In other words, if it doesn't have a back door in it to allow for wiretapping, then the FBI should be allowed to prevent it's distribution.

It's so assinine that we continue to hear such drivel in 2005. Back in 1995, such statements might be forgiven as many people didn't understand how the Internets worked and how such measures could be circumvented.

Since the FCC and the FBI are unlikely to be able to prevent the distribution of such software, how exactly do they expect to thwart it? Will they pass laws making people who use such software criminals? Will the people of this "democracy" put up with such laws?

It's funny, you'd think that they'd learn from the RIAA and MPAA. Millions of people in the US rip and share music and movie files even though they know it's illegal and that they may get hit with a lawsuit. They compare and share software to allow them to do such things. I've seen people discussing openly how to break Sony DRM movies and store them on their hard drives. Does the FBI think that it's going to be any more successful? Oh, I forgot, the FBI is part and parcel with the RIAA and MPAA in hunting down offenders. By my estimate, they might as well lock somewhere between 33% and 66% of the public up in order to make a dent in this trade. Idiots.

From the blog posting on CNET:

The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves.

No, really. In an obscure "policy" document released around 9 p.m. ET last Friday, the FCC announced this remarkable decision.

According to the three-page document, to preserve the openness that characterizes today's Internet, "consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement." Read the last seven words again.

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