Congressman Howard Berman (D, CA) wants to know what’s on your computer, and who you’re sharing it with.
Berman’s proposed legislation calls for a battery of measures including stronger digital rights management laws, lawsuits by copyright owners, and prosecutions against the most egregious infringers. Additionally he calls for “technological self-help measures” including redirection, decoys, spoofing and file blocking. [emphasis added]
Oh, yeah — he also wants software and hardware makers to build in ways to hack your machine, just so Jack Valenti can get an extra carat or three on his next pair of cufflinks.
This next part won’t surprise you a bit:
The California Democrat, who represents parts of Hollywood, sits on the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.
And let’s not forget that Republicans are usually more pro-business as a pressure group, than they are pro-free markets on principle.
Subcommittee chair U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) reportedly is supportive of the bill and said he likes the proposal.