Homeland Security to Music Industry: Hands off the Computer

11 Nov ’05

Copyfight notes this interesting comment from Stewart Baker, recently appointed as the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for policy:

I wanted to raise one point of caution as we go forward, because we are also responsible for maintaining the security of the information infrastructure of the United States and making sure peoples’ [and] businesses’ computers are secure. …There’s been a lot of publicity recently about tactics used in pursuing protection for music and DVD CDs in which questions have been raised about whether the protection measures install hidden files on peoples’ computers that even the system administrators can’t find.’…

‘It’s very important to remember that it’s your intellectual property — it’s not your computer. And in the pursuit of protection of intellectual property, it’s important not to defeat or undermine the security measures that people need to adopt in these days.

The quote is reported by Brian Krebs of WaPo. No doubt true, but I see little evidence that the Bush Administration or Congress is going to get heavy-handed with the industry on this issue. Quite the contrary, it would seem.

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