Don't legalize hacking by record companies

Wednesday, 7 August 2002, 9:07 AM EST

For example, software companies might win the right to hack computers on the Internet in search of properly documented licenses, crashing systems that have not complied. I imagine it would be a simple matter of adding a port number, which, if not present during a port scan, would flag the computer as being in direct violation of federal laws. Scanning port numbers would be the only way to detect Napster-style networking.

Can you imagine the traffic that would be generated on the Internet if corporations were granted permission to scan for copyright violators? Even more, can you imagine the backlash of retaliation from those affected by these companies? I'm not talking about hacking militias seeking justice. I speak of international boycotts. Companies like Sony would suffer from the boycott of not only record sales, but also computer and electronics sales.

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