Do you remember back in the day we had FBI warnings on movies? Especially if you remember the age of VHS, that shit was there right before every movie. They promised to fine and jail you if you copy the movie without permission. And noone gave a shit about those warnings, because really, everyone knew that FBI simply does not have manpower to even care about you copying a movie. And what would they do if you are not in USA? Cooperate with CIA to nail your ass?
Well, those were good days, and I do feel nostalgic about it. But these days we really don't have to be concerned with FBI (not that we were before) doing something to you. We have to think about business interest doing horrible things to you.
Yes! This commission wants to make it so every licensed downloadable product would come with pretty much computer viruses that would watch over you and, if you won't be using the licensed version, they would block your PC to make you call the cops and confess about your crime. Even more, ideally they want to make those programs just skip the call to cops part and just destroy all the information on your computer cause you pirated mIRC client.
How do you like that? And let me be perfectly clear - I am not even starting the debate about pirating. I do pirate my games and movies, but that's not the point here. The point here is that these people sent this proposition to US government. 84-pages of the report. Which I might even read on weekends when I have me some free time finally. And if something like that would ever pass, immediately you will know that you - yes, you there, honest person who buys all his downloadable things - will receive product that is rigged to delete your files. I mean, yeah, it would have no reason to. But would you want to know that it can and you yourself, knowingly, downloaded it?
Here's the reddit discussion, and I will quote one comment from there which pretty much fits this whole situation very well:
The good news is that the pirated copies of games and movies would have the root kits stripped out of them. You are safe as long as you never buy a legitimate copy of anything ever again.
So there you go. Business interest people are sending to US congress requests to allow them to fuck you up using more criminal methods than the ones they are fighting against. I think we can celebrate the final loss of any kind of morality on this issue from any and all sides of it.