Orrin Hatch is a bad man.
Read this and weep.
Basically, he’s introducing a bill in the Senate that will punish those who “induce” the violation of copyrighted material. The bill seems to be aimed at peer-to-peer networks. It could, however, be interpreted to cover lots of other things (like VCRs, TiVo, who knows what else???).
This might be constitutional, but it doesn’t pass the “ARE YOU FUCKING INSANE???” test.
There’s nothing like stifling creativity by threatening people who might introduce innovative technology but are afraid that they might be punished by bad, vague, law.
And, doing all this under the pretense of protecting children just rubs salt in the wound.