The Nameless Horror

One of the suggestion the document makes is “If an unauthorized person accesses the information, a range of actions might then occur. For example, the file could be rendered inaccessible and the unauthorized user’s computer could be locked down, with instructions on how to contact law enforcement to get the password needed to unlock the account. Such measures do not violate existing laws on the use of the Internet, yet they serve to blunt attacks and stabilize a cyber incident to provide both time and evidence for law enforcement to become involved.” In essence, a pirate commits theft and has to report the theft to the police in order for them to regain access to their computer and likely to pay a fine.

There’s no way this could go wrong or make the publishing industry look like even more of a massive bag of dicks than existing DRM: US Publishing Industry Might Soon be Infecting eBook Pirates with Malware.

(The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property is a think-tank with a particularly anti-Chinese bent. So much and so aggressively so that I was expecting to see the phrase “precious bodily fluids” in the headers to some of their press statements.)