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Re: [dvd-discuss] Illegal tactics funded by Anti-piracy advocates

At 4:24 AM -0700 5/7/03, Glendon M. Gross wrote:
>Particularly interesting to me was the idea that the record companies
>are supporting software that sabatoges the internet connections of those
>choose to download software from peer-to-peer networks.  I wonder if
>this will eventually lead to a test case in which a music label is sued
>for supporting software that results in costly corporate downtime.  I
>once supported a client who told me that one minute of downtime would
>cost his firm $500,000,000.  At that rate, causing downtime could be
>very expensive for the record companies who support software that can be
>proven to have caused some downtime.

It's entirely conceivable that record company sabotage could kill 
someone. Say a nurse downloads music on a computer used to monitor 
hospital patients, it freezes, and they miss a cardiac arrest.  The 
people responsible for that sabotage software could be subject to the 
death penalty under the the federal anti-hacking laws as recently 
amended by the USA Patriot Act.

Arnold Reinhold