Should It Be Illegal To Sell A Keylogger? Or Just To Use It?

from the might-be-pushing-the-boundaries dept

A court has issued an injunction temporarily banning the sale of a keylogger product called RemoteSpy. The ruling probably makes sense under the current FTC law, but it does raise some questions about whether it really makes sense to ban the sale of such a program, versus just the use of one. I can certainly understand why you might want to ban the sale of such programs, because if they're sold, they're perhaps more likely to be used. However, it still seems wrong to make it illegal to sell some software because that software can be used for illegal activities. Shouldn't the liability belong to those who actually use the software for illegal purposes?
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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Nov 2008 @ 5:46am

    It's stupid to ban the sale. Let's use the child porn theme (which seems to be popular)and see what else sould be banned.

    Backup Tools - They can be used to backup child porn.
    Cleanup Tools - They can be used to cleanup traces of child porn.
    DVD Software - They can be used to play child porn.
    E-Mail Clients - They can be used to email child porn.
    Graphics Viewers - They can be used to view child porn.
    HTML Editors - They can be used to make websites that contain child porn.
    IRC Clients - They can be used to talk about child porn.
    Text Editors - They can be used to write stories about child porn.
    Video Capture Software - They can be used to capture child porn.
    Video Converters - They can be used to to convert child porn.
    Video Editing Software - They can be used to edit child porn.
    Video Players - They can be used to play child porn.

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