The more critical issue...
Despite how concerned we are at BBR over file trading issues and RIAA/MPAA insanity, I hope that we are equally concerned with the "fishing for identities" aspect.
Said by Parry Aftab, executive director of Wired Safety
1) "If all anyone has to do to find out where someone lives in real life is to drop by the clerk's office at any Federal District Court and fill out a form alleging that they own a copyright that is being infringed, all our work to protect people online is wasted,"
2) "Armed with an IP address and malicious intent, a stalker, sexual predator, con artist and identity thief will easily be able to pierce the veil of anonymity afforded to Internet users."
3) "The identities of law enforcement officials undertaking important criminal investigations online could be inadvertently compromised from the abuse of this subpoena process when the intended target discovers that a law enforcement agency is behind a particular online undercover address,"
Let us think about the implication of people using these tactics and then figure out how to best persuade our legislators to fix the DMCA law.
Don't get me wrong. I am NOT in favor of DMCA, but given that it exists we all should make sure that it's intent is not mis-represented.