Criminalizing technology.

A new bill before the U.S. Senate, the Induce Act, will make it a crime to “intentionally induce any violation” of copyright. Induce stands for “Inducement Devolves into Unlawful Child Exploitation Act” based on the belief that file-sharing networks are a source of unlawful pornography, although it is clearly much more beneficial for groups like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

This bill will criminalize any current and future technology that could possibly be used to infringe copyright. Formerly, technology that had dual uses, on of which did not infringe, was acceptable. This means that products such as Tivo, CD burners, and VCRs would be illegal. Software download services that offer file-sharing software would be in violation of the law. Even photocopiers would technically be endangered.

It seems that we are turning the clock back on decades of invention to protect the revenue stream for a few companies, while everyone else pays the price.