Music labels, film industry want to use anti-terror laws to stop internet piracy

“Illegally downloading music to your gleaming new Christmas iPod could soon be dealt with using the full force of anti-terror laws if the entertainment industry gets its way,” Murdo MacLeod reports for The Scotsman. “Big firms including Sony and EMI want to use new powers designed to track terrorists on the internet to crack down on music and film pirates – including the parents of children who download music – who are estimated to cost the industry £650m a year. Internet companies will have to log all the pages visited by surfers for at least a year so the security services can track terrorists using the web for fund-raising, training or swapping information.”

MacLeod reports, “But the move has been greeted with alarm by human rights campaigners who say that the step is an example of the ‘mission creep’ of draconian new anti-terror powers… The Creative Media Business Alliance, which also includes Walt Disney, Universal, and TimeWarner among its members, is lobbying governments, the European Commission and MEPs so that anti-copyright-theft investigators will be able to use the data gathered under anti-terror laws. They have long argued that, in addition to illegal downloading of music and films costing artists and the industry billions of pounds in lost royalties and sales, piracy is also used by organised criminals and terrorists as a source of cash.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Hugh D” for the heads up.]

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44 Comments

  1. > who are estimated to cost the industry £650m a year

    yeah right. so each of those downloads is a lost sale. bollocks. i don’t think so. ridiculous nonsense. i have the black eyed peas’ latest pile of shit which i have acquired… i hate it… in fact i’m going to throw it away right now. there. that feels better. and the RIAA has made $10 less of a loss…

  2. Would Sony’s secret installation of malicious software on thousands of computers also violate these anti-terrorism statutes? Sony can’t have it both ways.

    On another note, it’s nice to see the Patriot Act being used to put the screws to teenagers using P2P. I wonder if they’ll be shipped off to those secret prisons in Europe with bamboo under their fingernails.

  3. No corporation should have free reign access to the personal information of people. This crap needs to be stopped in its tracks and right now.

    This is another example of why major portions of the “Patriot” Act need to be repealed. It was only a matter of time before people would want to start abusing it and co-opting its intentions for profit.

  4. Please note that I am monitoring all negative comments in this forum, per the Patriot Act. I am saving your names, IP addresses, etc. and will forward them to the Film and Recording Studio arm of the Homeland Security Department immediately. Remember, protecting the country begins with music and film. Oh, and porn.

  5. I’ve always thought all these anti-terror laws were more about the G8 riots than Al-Qaeda. Track your own people, and blame foreigners for the loss of freedoms.

    This little revelation doesn’t surprise me one bit. When are MI5 coming knocking on little Johnny’s door to seize his MP3 collection, due to his corporate “terrorism” against EMI?

  6. So my neice is a terrorist now? I’ve tried taking away her USB cable flame-thrower and her Firewire gelignite caps. What’s a guy to do?

    Should I bury all the audio tapes I made in the 70’s?

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