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Lynchmobs & Copyrights

US Senator Orrin Hatch is in favor of destroying the computers of alleged copyright violators.

Lawrence Lessig provides his take on his blog Some choice quotes from the article and the esteemed chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet.

Here's another gem:

"I'm interested," Hatch interrupted. He said damaging someone's computer "may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights."

Given, that the thugs of the bsa accused sites which mirrored the popular OpenOffice.org office suite because the file on the ftp server contained the term "office" and their spider was too fucking dumb to determine a difference to another popular (but pricy) office software, it is not hard to envision the damage that this will do to innocent bystanders, due to totally inadequate search software employed by the copyright holders.

Is this turns into law does the common man get the right to tar and feather greedy, lying thieving CEOs?

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