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June 20, 2006

Disabling Digital Cameras

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

Georgia Tech is touting some new research for its film industry sponsors on ways to disable digital cameras in small spaces, such as movie theaters. I'm reasonably confident that by the time this makes it into commercial production the camera technology will have gotten smarter and pirates will be able to hide their cameras from simple scanners.

However, more troubling is this as evidence that the Cartel hasn't swayed from its "we are the law" mentality. Remember, these are the guys who tried to get their Congressional sock puppets to pass a law allowing them to break into and cripple your computer if they thought you were sharing music without permission.

Also problematic are some of the other proposed uses, such as stopping people taking pictures of their own kids in spaces like malls. When, exactly, did we cede THAT right to the Cartel?

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1. Travis T.L. Greenwood on June 21, 2006 4:37 AM writes...

Whats going happen to free expression with this
Disabling Digital Cameras techonology?

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2. Neo on June 21, 2006 3:46 PM writes...

Same as usual -- freedom of expression takes another body blow. The slow, painful piece-by-piece sacrificing of the First Amendment on the altar of the money gods ratchets forward another notch.

And the "remember me" thing is still not working.

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3. Jessica on June 29, 2006 2:51 AM writes...

Thank you for reminding everyone of that ridiculous piece of crap that allows the music indy to hack your computer legally. Does this mean that Msoft, adobe, the phon company, and everyone else in the world can break into your puter? What about one company hacking another. I hope people will revisit this issue.

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