I read this article on CNN.com today where Senator Orrin Hatch proposes a radical idea: trash your PC if you download music illegally more than two times.
I’m generally more interested in writing about programming, but this is such a stupid idea that I could not resist mentioning the article.
I do not endorse stealing copyrighted material. I support fair use - if I purchase a song or movie I should be able to play it on any device I own and make backup copies. I should not be able to illegally distribute the media to other people. Surely we can solve this problem without resorting to government-sanctioned viruses that destroy your computer!
Here is a quote from the article:
“I’m interested,” Hatch interrupted. He said damaging someone’s computer “may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights.”
Here’s an idea Senator Hatch might be interested in. After someone speeds in your car three times, blow up your car. It doesn’t matter if you, your spouse, a friend, or your child was driving. Just blow the damn thing up so you learn your lesson about speeding.
Does anybody think Hatch’s idea is good?