Lawyers are ruining America (and the internet) for us all.
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So I just got a new Google TV (GTV) and was checking out all of the apps for it and what they can do, I downloaded one named "Mitty" which (apparently) uses Bittorrent as it's backend, searched for the first movie that came to mind at the moment, which was the new Batman movie: The Dark Knight Rises, thought I'd grab it to see how the app worked as I figured the movie itself would look like seeing that it's not the real thing, and what do I get in my email box the next morning?
BOOM! (I X'd out the personal parts)
If you've ever entered a fake name on a website, or created a fake Facebook, Myspace, Match.com, etc. then guess what? You are a federal criminal! Or at least will be one if this new law passes.
Ever heard the phrase "one bad apple spoils the whole dang bunch?" This newly proposed law is using the Lori Drew case, the case in which said woman created a fake Myspace profile and proceeded to harass a 13 year old girl, who then when on to commit suicide due to Lori's harsh words, as their main weapon in getting this law passed.
Wonder what information Facebook and Comcast will turn over to police and intelligence agencies about you? Cryptome, the site that last week posted the leaked Microsoft "spy" manual, has posted company documents that purport to describe what those companies will reveal about you. As with the Microsoft document, the information is eye-opening. Keep in mind that what the companies turn over to police and intelligence agencies is not illegal. The companies are all, in their own ways, following the law.
As a former Comcast customer I can't tell you how much they annoyed me with the fact that I paid for internet service yet they felt the right to throttle me. Well I wasn't the only one annoyed, but so was the FCC Chairman, that customers were paying for "Unlimited Service" yet they were not getting it.