Today’s news has more evidence that the entertainment industry is successfully shaping our world – by filling it with fear and intimidation.

An Austin, Texas, man could face up to $100,000 in fines and a year in jail for selling ten copies of live concert recordings of actor Russell Crowe’s band over the Web. He pleaded guilty today in federal court and will be sentenced in a few months. In his plea agreement, he admitted to recording a performance in Austin, Texas, and making $700 from selling the items.

This terrifies me.

On Thursday, Senator Hollings formally introduced The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act of 2002. “Consumers would no longer be able to play or copy movies or music on their home computers, or trade them via the Internet or by any other means, if Congress passes [the] bill.”

These people are not our friends. I don’t want them to entertain me. I don’t like them.

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