Big Chill – Let’s Criminalize Tech Companies Who Innovate

A proposal in the US Senate extends copyright responsibility to tech companies that enable file-sharers to download copyrighted material. “In a prepared statement, Senator Orrin Hatch compared peer-to-peer networks, which allow people to exchange any digital content over their computers, to villains of literature and film, including a character in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang who lured youngsters into danger with false promises of free lollipops. He said the networks should be held liable for creating technologies that enable often unwitting consumers to house pirated materials on their computers.”