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RIAA wants filtering on the end-user level (aka your PC)


Jesus these goons don’t know when to quit. If they could make you install a brain filter that prevented you from hearing pirated music I’m sure they would.

riaa.jpg At a Washington, DC, tech conference last week, RIAA boss Cary Sherman suggested that Internet filtering was a super idea but that he saw no reason to mandate it. Turns out that was only part of the story, though; Sherman’s a sharp guy, and he’s fully aware that filtering will prompt an encryption arms race that is going to be impossible to win… unless users somehow install the filtering software on their home PCs or equipment.

Last night, Public Knowledge posted a video clip from the conference that drew attention to Sherman’s other remarks on the topic of filtering, and what he has to say is downright amazing: due to the encryption problem, filters may need to be put on end users’ PCs.

The issue of encryption “would have to be faced,” Sherman admitted after talking about the wonders of filtering. “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.”

Wouldn’t this “encryption arms race” that is “impossible to win” be done in “software” by “users,” making filtering connection hardware useless as the data is already encrypted?

Unless they want to block all encrypted data, because after all, you have nothing to hide if you aren’t doing anything wrong.  Ugh.

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