"The broad new legal powers proposed by a congressman and endorsed quickly by several others would let record and movie studios hack into Americans' personal computers to find illegally shared music and movies. They could also try to disable or interfere with file-swapping programs."
The bill is being sponsored by Representative Howard Berman (D-Disney), the lucky recipient of $186,891 in campaign donations from the entertainment industry. For more on this you can read stuff from Dan Gillmor or from Ken Layne or from Happy Fun Pundit.Then go to this site to find out how to help stop this horrible idea from becoming law.Oh, and one more thing......e-mail our own Representative Lamar Smith who is a co-sponsor of this assault on privacy....an assault not even by law enforcement agencies.....but by weasel executives from the entertainment industry, and let him how you feel. Feel free to cut and paste the following text into your e-mail to Representative Smith:
"FOURTH AMENDMENT [U.S. Constitution] - 'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."Tell Mr. Smith how the provided starlet in his lap should not distract him from those non-trivial concepts like "unreasonable searches and seizures" and "no warrants issued, but upon probable cause".