Britian's new Internet Law should be a warning for us...

Cory Doctorow has a quick note about the new Law in the UK over at Boing Boing.  As he normally does it's a great read that explains how it's supposed to work.  Basically it is one of the most distributing laws I have seen yet supported by the RIAA and other media companies.  Why is this a Linux thing?  It's not specifically a Linux thing.  It's an internet thing.  So if you loose your connection to the internet because someone thinks the Linux ISO you are downloading was a movie instead all they need to do is say you are doing it.  They don't need any real data to back up the accusation.  All they have to do is accuse you three times and you can be banned for life at your home address for life.  The person enforcing this new law dose not need to any due process and they can set the fine at whatever level they think is right.

These rules are coming to a state or federal government near you.  Look out especially the three strikes stuff.  No law should every exist without a due process.  Stopping dumb laws is everyone's responsibility.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.