Friday, June 20, 2003

Crime and Punishment: Orrin Hatch, Computer Pirate!

Wired News confirms that Senator Orrin Hatch is using unlicensed software on his official website.

The senator's site makes extensive use of a JavaScript menu system developed by Milonic Solutions, a software company based in the United Kingdom. The copyright-protected code has not been licensed for use on Hatch's website.

"It's an unlicensed copy," said Andy Woolley, who runs Milonic. "It's very unfortunate for him because of those comments he made."

Hatch on Tuesday surprised a Senate hearing on copyright issues with the suggestion that technology should be developed to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Net.

Hatch said damaging someone's computer "may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights," the Associated Press reported. He then suggested the technology would twice warn a computer user about illegal online behavior, "then destroy their computer."
I wonder how much damage Sen. Hatch's career will suffer as a result of his hypocrisy. Like I said yesterday, Treble Damages! Treble Damages! Treble Damages!

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