Posters Name: Kagato
Posters Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Hacking Bill Reaches House of Representatives
Where else but America can you have ever-increasing laws against hacking and cyber-terrorism (things like the DMCA, etc), yet something like this comes along and makes you just sit and wonder. I'm sure plenty of you have heard the push from the MPIA (Motion Picture Industry Association) and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of Ameria) have been pushing for a bill that would let them legally disrupt users of any peer-to-peer (insert favorite file-sharing applicaiton here) whom they think may be using the service for the transfer of illegal content (mp3, movies, etc.).
The bill, sponsored by Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., and Howard Coble, R-N.C., would immunize groups such as the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America from all state and federal laws if they disable, block or otherwise impair a "publicly accessible peer-to-peer file-trading network."Basically, they'll be able to use such tactics as a DoS (Denial of Service) attack if they have even the slightest reason to think you may be doing something illegal.