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Teach me more, “Orrin”!

One of my posts from LewRockwell.com in 2003:

Teach me more!

Posted by Stephan Kinsella on June 17, 2003 11:14 PM

From the holy kee-rap file: Hatch Takes Aim at Illegal Downloading (link) reports that Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, “favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet. … During a discussion on methods to frustrate computer users who illegally exchange music and movie files over the Internet, Hatch asked technology executives about ways to damage computers involved in such file trading.” Hatch “said damaging someone’s computer ‘may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights.’ …

“He endorsed technology that would twice warn a computer user about illegal online behavior, ‘then destroy their computer.’ … ‘There’s no excuse for anyone violating copyright laws,’ Hatch said.”

Hey, almost makes you think there may be something wrong with the whole notion of copyright.

And in support of the emerging libertarian view that democrats are becoming the less-evil party, “Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., who has been active in copyright debates in Washington, urged Hatch to reconsider.”

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