software bullets to protect private property, errr, music

Les Schaffer schaffer at
Sat May 3 17:41:26 MDT 2003

Software Bullet Is Sought to Kill Musical Piracy

Some of the world's biggest record companies, facing rampant online
piracy, are quietly financing the development and testing of software
programs that would sabotage the computers and Internet connections of
people who download pirated music, according to industry executives.

The record companies are exploring options on new countermeasures,
which some experts say have varying degrees of legality, to deter
online theft: from attacking personal Internet connections so as to
slow or halt downloads of pirated music to overwhelming the
distribution networks with potentially malicious programs that
masquerade as music files.

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