[BoingBoing] Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing
[NDLQDN : 28C3 conference : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUEvRyemKSg]
General-purpose computers are astounding. They're so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them. This brings us back to something you might be sick of reading about: copyright.
In one famous incident—a gift to people who share this hypothesis—Sony loaded covert rootkit installers on 6 million audio CDs , which secretly executed programs that watched for attempts to read the sound files on CDs and terminated them. [...]
In fact, the Motion Picture Association of America, a SOPA proponent, circulated a memo citing research that SOPA might work because it uses the same measures as are used in Syria, China, and Uzbekistan. It argued that because these measures are effective in those countries, they would work in America, too!