The EFF is encouraging consumers to write their Senators about a new “spyware” bill that has been, in their words, “massaged by by lobbyists for the software and adware industries.” Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing says the bill
“makes it impossible for consumer rights groups to sue DRM companies for putting spyware in their DRM (like Sony did last year, with its rootkit DRM). The irony is that spyware is already illegal, so all that this act does is immunize big media companies that sneak spyware onto your computer.”
Spyware is spyware, we think, even if it comes with a Sony/BMG logo.
To learn more about this issue, you can read the bill yourself or check out the EFF. The bill has already been passed in the House, so if you decide you’re for or against, you’ll need to contact your senators. —MEGHANN MARCO
Act now to stop Congress from legalizing spyware! [BoingBoing]
Stop the SPY Act! [EFF]
H.R.964 Spy Act (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House) [LOC]