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    Re: US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits,

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Have you tried using a proxy server in the US? Not that Netflix actually has anything new or a great selection. Hulu and Netflix try to require windows and Amazon streaming is expensive (and has been moving towards silverlight) and their "premium" service basically only has old stuff. I haven't tried Hulu on Wine, maybe it would work.

    Frankly, if they want to force me to use Windows or even Mac to get anything, then screw them, there are ways to get it anyway. If they want to not support Linux or the content producers want it only distributed by those who don't support Linux or anything other than Mac and Windows, then screw'em, I can get the content if I want it.

    Even their proposed stupidity wouldn't directly affect me because it is almost impossible to even build such malware/spyware/ransomware that would work on Linux in general. I say almost impossible because while it is possible, it would only affect those whose set up matches what they build it for, but since Linux is a unique compile on each system, it is very rare for two systems to be identical and even then, ransomware wouldn't work unless they actually found a way to bypass the root access restrictions native to Linux/Unix and other such systems.

    Maybe instead of stupid and ultimately futile schemes, they should try giving greater legal access to larger numbers of people, thus reducing the need for some to bypass existing systems.
    Proxies won't generally work. The sites can usually detect you're through a proxy, and will block you. Even if they didn't, the bandwidth through a proxy you're not paying for is almost never enough for videos.

    I don't really care, I can stream anything I want free right now. When they're ready to offer me a comparable legal service, I'll pay for it.

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    Re: US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, s

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I am not sure how reliable this source is.But if its true I wonder how they are going to get that stuff into already released stuff?



    US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware, ransomware and trojans to attack pirates! - Boing Boing

    The hilariously named "Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property" has finally released its report, an 84-page tome that's pretty bonkers. But amidst all that crazy, there's a bit that stands out as particularly insane: a proposal to legalize the use of malware in order to punish people believed to be copying illegally. The report proposes that software would be loaded on computers that would somehow figure out if you were a pirate, and if you were, it would lock your computer up and take all your files hostage until you call the police and confess your crime. This is the mechanism that crooks use when they deploy ransomware. It's just more evidence that copyright enforcers' network strategies are indistinguishable from those used by dictators and criminals. In 2011, the MPAA told Congress that they wanted SOPA and knew it would work because it was the same tactic used by governments in "China, Iran, the UAE, Armenia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Burma, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam." Now they've demanded that Congress legalize an extortion tool invented by organized criminals.
    What the “Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property” is asking for is an authority which government itself does not have, and therefore cannot legitimately delegate to anyone else. It's rather like someone asking me for permission to burgle my neighbor's home. I don't have any authority myself to burgle my neighbor's home, therefore, I cannot legitimately give anyone else permission to do so either.
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