The MPAA thinks so. The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that the MPAA and the RIAA have asked IPEC (Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator) to crack down on digital piracy in a number of surprising ways. They want to see "anti-infringement software" voluntarily installed on home computers to scan regularly for files that might infringe on their properties. They want widespread filters installed on networks that would deter infringement. And they'd like guards stationed on our international borders with the express purpose of searching your personal media players for anything that would constitute copyright infringement. Woe to anyone who has ripped their personal music or DVD collection!
But best of all? The MPAA wants Homeland Security agents assigned to protect summer blockbusters. In their own words: "The planned release of a blockbuster motion picture should be acknowledged as an event that attracts the focused efforts of copyright thieves, who will seek to obtain and distribute pre-release versions and/or to undermine legitimate release by unauthorized distribution through other channels. Enforcement agencies (notably within DOJ and DHS) should plan a similarly focused preventive and responsive strategy. An interagency task force should work with industry to coordinate and make advance plans to try to interdict these most damaging forms of copyright theft, and to react swiftly with enforcement actions where necessary."
Keeping America safe? Meh. Hunting down terrorists? Lame. The ticket sales of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The A-Team are far, far more important than your nation's safety. We can't risk another X-Men Origins: Wolverine leak. But we can risk domestic terrorism.
Should Homeland Security actually play a role in protecting our summer blockbusters from piracy?
[Thanks to Jon at Geek System for the tip!]