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  1. Lessig replies to Hatch: you're dumb.

    brian on 2003.06.18
    at 07:07 pm

    Lessig has replied to the suggestion made by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R, Utah) to allow copyright holders remotely destroy the computers of those they believe are illegally distributing their work. From the AP article:

    "No one is interested in destroying anyone's computer," replied Randy Saaf of MediaDefender Inc., a secretive Los Angeles company that builds technology to disrupt music downloads.

    "I'm interested," Hatch interrupted.

    To which Lessig replied,

    Can we bomb the offices of stock brokers thought to be violating SEC regulations? Or bulldoze houses of citizens with unregistered guns? Or --yes, this is good-- short the telephones of people who use indecent language?

    If so, looks like Martha would "go boom."

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