"I'm interested," Hatch interrupted. He said damaging someone's computer "may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights."Senator Hatch has a total of nine albums for sale online, though I have to wonder just how many of his songs are available over file sharing networks like Kazaa. Are Mormons big P2P users?
The senator, a composer who earned $18,000 last year in song-writing royalties, acknowledged Congress would have to enact an exemption for copyright owners from liability for damaging computers. He endorsed technology that would twice warn a computer user about illegal online behavior, "then destroy their computer."
Either way, the idea of hacking into a P2P user's computer should be universally reviled among enthusiasts and mainstream users alike. Even with a three strikes policy that would warn users twice before unleashing an attack, it seems unlikely that any proposal that condones destroying a user's computer will make it very far.