RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you don't!!

RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you don't!!

Summary: The Internet and free-speech advocacy group Public Knowledge has posted a video clip from the State of the Net Conference put on by the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus.During the clip, RIAA president Cary Sherman appears to be calling for some type of infringing content filter placed on consumer's PCs or on networking devices that would thwart infringing content.

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The Internet and free-speech advocacy group Public Knowledge has posted a video clip from the State of the Net Conference put on by the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus.

During the clip, RIAA president Cary Sherman appears to be calling for some type of infringing content filter placed on consumer's PCs or on networking devices that would thwart infringing content.

"One could have a filter on the end user's computer that would actually eliminate any benefit from encryption because if you want to hear [the music], you would need to decrypt it, and at that point the filter would work," added Sherman, who said such technology could be a "tangible benefit" to consumers.

Nor does Sherman see these filters as invasive. He seems to regard them much in the vein of virus scanners, which most Internet users readily accept.

As much as I am pro-copyright, the civil libertarian in me cringes when a narrow interest group like the RIAA even thinks of ways to force me to have an infringement filter on my PC.

What's on my PC is my own business.

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  • As long as we could ....

    I suppose a good compromise would be to allow the consumer to have
    "excessive profit" filters directly on THEIR bank accounts.
    They determine what is "infringement" and WE determine what is
    "excessive".
    EVERYONE is happy :)
    kd5auq
    • lol!

      Awesome!
      toadlife
  • I'm wondering if they are going to demand the filters or come preinstalled

    It's not hard to imagine windoze or O$x comming with this build in 'feature', but for Linux is a long shot.
    Linux Geek
    • but for Linux is a long shot

      I believe the traditional distance is ten yards, but I could be wrong. The blindfold isn't as common as it used to be, and the cigarette may have become a victim of public health.

      In China, they do it gang-style with a single pistol round. It's not that it saves money, since they bill the family anyway, but I don't think they really care about the "it wasn't my shot that did it" concern that led the West to use a squad.

      Some people just have *no* respect for tradition.
      Yagotta B. Kidding
    • It would cost $trillions to simply fail.

      I was listening to this guy and some "magic" filter exists that can selectively filter out copyrighted content. Sounds like a simple concept. How does this magic filter do it's job.

      In real time, mind you, it must decode EVERY SINGLE FORMAT instantaneously, sample all the music, use algorithms to instantaneously come up with song kind of audio signature (either a snippit or the whole song), access the worldwide database (in real time now mind you) and scan 14,867,345 TRILLION prebuilt signatures to come to the conclusion that indeed, this song is actually a Brittnay Spears copy of XYZ (see the audio signature built an MD5 checksum from the MP3 song all the way up to the 5th harmonic) and it should be blocked.

      Now, this has to happen for every packet since your network card doesn't know these bytes are music, part of a web page, part of a jpeg, etc.

      If you took all the computing power in the world, put it into the client machine, build a server farm 1000xs the size of google, a song will get through the "filter" with only a few minutes delay.

      I mean, when you talk about really stupid ideas. People could not even make Plays for Sure reliable. :D

      TripleII
      TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
      • Buy Intel stock

        [i]If you took all the computing power in the world, put it into the client machine, build a server farm 1000xs the size of google, a song will get through the "filter" with only a few minutes delay.[/i]

        None of which is the problem of either the RIAA or Congress. They just issue requirements and leave the implementation up to those lowly sorts who can't get elected and have to perform drudge work instead.

        Bottom line is that this will seriously suck compute cycles, which is something Intel has been looking for for almost ten years.
        Yagotta B. Kidding
        • :D Good One!

          Can you imagine the specs for "new machines".

          88 core Intel 12 GHz PCs
          22 Terabytes of RAM
          Mandatory OC3 minimum nic card
          No Hard Drive, all are "thin clients", optimizes the server read.

          The above is for "basic", you also need a 30 GByte Nvidia or ATI video card to run "filtered Aero"

          TripleII
          TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
  • Can he share some of what he is taking?

    [B]One could have a filter on the end user?s computer that would actually eliminate any benefit from encryption because if you want to hear [the music], you would need to decrypt it, and at that point the filter would work,[/B]

    What do you say to or about someone that says that with a straight face? They simply have no concept of technology.

    [B]added Sherman, who said such technology could be a ?tangible benefit? to consumers.[/B]

    Again, what can you say when someone says the former will cause the latter?

    You gotta see the whole video. Kinda scary that these people have the ear of many Politician$

    http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1388

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
  • What???s on my PC is my own business.

    Not while Congress is in session, Dude. Look up "Fritz chip" for some history.

    If Sherman makes a deal with Steve & Steve, you don't even get to pretend to have a vote.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Constitutionality: Invasion of Privacy?

    [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_privacy]FYI[/url]
    D T Schmitz
  • RE: RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you d

    I wonder if these people who want to add this sort of thing would allow them to be put on their own machines. I think what one person is forced to do should have to be done across the board so if they want these infringement filters put on ours, then they should be made to have to use them also.
    smithcomputer
  • Content filters? Sure!

    Cos, after all, it's so important to make sure that children are protected from exploitation by child porn.... oh, wait, that's not what he was talking about. How about, it's so important to make sure that criminals aren't stealing money from our seniors.... wait, wait... that's not right either. OK, now I got it; it's so important to prevent terrorists from blowing up more innocents.... Nope. Not what he was talking about.

    He was talking about you and I spending millions MORE of our tax dollars to defend the concerns of a private business, and waste MORE of Congress's time on meaningless laws because the RIAA can't figure out how to make money in the internet world.

    Gee. What politicians would be stupid enough to.... no, no, wait....
    ecm
    • Delusional?

      ROFLMAO!!!!!
      donj81
  • RE: RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you d

    (Expletive deleted) IDIOT! Next thing he'll do, just to demonstrate his degree of retardation, will be to tell us how secure Vista is. Oh, wait a minute, another idiot already did that.

    I guess he'll run for office, where nothing is real, anyway.
    wgraue
  • Did anyone say....

    Kiss my @ss yet????
    donj81
  • RE: RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you don't!!

    WHY DON'T WE PUT AN INFRINGEMENT FILTER ON THE RIAA, I'M SICK AN TIRED OF THIS CREEP AND IT'S OUTFIT.CAN'T WE BURN .EM TO A CD AND THROW IT IN THE GARBAGE CAN?
    bake2999
  • I'm deleting my statement before it's posted

    because when I express my sentiments about
    the RIAA, it's not fit for the public's
    ears.

    It will suffice to say, it's really really
    nasty, and not very nice, either. It would
    probably make a hog blush with
    embarrassment.
    Ole Man
  • RE: RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you don't!!

    I hate to say it, everyone, but I strongly suspect that we already have DRM "snooping" on our PCs:

    There is a company called Macrovision that specializes in DRM. They were at the heart of the Intuit issue by leaving software on your PC that blocks burning to CD (a bug?) even after removing TurboTax. Now, that company has bought InstallShield. I don't know about anyone else, but when a software "installer" installs "itself" as a product (very hidden and almost impossible to get rid of) on my PC I get very suspicious. Especially when it leaves hidden folders under Program Files/Common files with, what appears to be, info on software that you have on your PC and then itsists that it needs to connect to the Internet to do an "update".
    hforman9
  • RE: RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you don't!!

    Is anyone following the money to the spyware / malware sites. With all the messing going on, I truly believe that the music industry and possibly the RIAA is funding them to burn your computer down if you try to download.

    Ask the question, what kind of sights cause your computer to die an awful death?
    Cyberbian
  • RE: RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you don't!!


    More wasted GOVT $$$$$$ while I work my *** off everyday to support my new family, and try to save for the expensive college costs 18 yrs from now....

    TOP GOVT PRIORITY LIST:

    1. RIAA
    2. FREE HEALTH CARE TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
    3. THE "F" OR OTHER BAD WORD SPOKEN ON TV OR RADIO
    (WHAT ABOUT FREE SPEECH?? WHILE WE'RE AT IT??)
    4. RAISE UTILITIES
    5. RAISE TAXES SO OUR POLITICIANS CAN FLY TO ARGENTINA OR GET A HOOKER FOR AN AFFAIR ON THE $$ I THOUGHT I EARNED FOR MY FAMILY TODAY


    SHALL I KEEP GOING????

    jasonemmg