The RIAA and MPAA have submitted a plan to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement. It’s basically a plan that they want the government to enact, and it’s terrifying.
Here are some of the lovely things that they’re calling for:
* spyware on your computer that detects and deletes infringing materials;
* mandatory censorware on all Internet connections to interdict transfers of infringing material;
* border searches of personal media players, laptops and thumb-drives;
* international bullying to force other countries to implement the same policies;
* and free copyright enforcement provided by Fed cops and agencies (including the Department of Homeland Security!).
Uh, yeah. So we’d basically give up all of our privacy so the government could play copyright cops for the RIAA and MPAA. This is crazy stuff, and one’s got to assume that it’s so crazy that the government would never listen to it. But good lord. [EFF via Boing Boing]