Attorney General Alberto Gonzales claims the DOJ needs more power to combat piracy. According to this CNET article: “Overall, the changes are necessary because new technology is ‘encouraging large-scale criminal enterprises to get involved in intellectual-property theft,’ Gonzales said, adding that proceeds from the illicit businesses are used, ‘quite frankly, to fund terrorism activities.'”
Well, in that case, we better get serious and crack down on copyright infringement. Are the terrorists somehow behind p2p (the virtual wmd)? Are all those kids trading files unknowingly supporting the terrorists? Why bother tinkering around with the Copyright statute?–wouldn’t it be easier to just declare war on copyright infringement or subsume copyright within the war on terror?
Ok, I am being flippant. I know I should offer a substantive, measured critique of the proposal itself, but unfortunately, I cannot get past the darn rhetoric right now.