Thursday, September 23, 2004

Schwarzenegger signs bill requiring email addresses for filesharing

"California governor Arnold Schwarzenneger -- a man who found considerable fame and fortune in Hollywood -- signed an MPAA-backed bill into law Tuesday that requires anyone sharing a file that goes to more than 10 people outside their immediate family to provide a valid email address and title of the work."

Yes, this is as ridiculous as it sounds. From now on, when I share a file - say, a summary of my tax class notes from law school- I will be sure to attach a valid e-mail address. How about hotline@mpaa.org?

So far, Canadian legislators have avoided such futile actions, but even if they didn't, this sort of law wouldn't survive a Charter challenge, I don't think.

LINK: from the Boing

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