Senator Hatch may not like music pirates, but he IS a software pirate


From the man who brought us "There's no excuse for anyone violating copyright laws" and "If that's the only way, then I'm all for destroying their machines. If you have a few hundred thousand of those, I think people would realize" the errors of their ways, now comes "that's ironic" (from his spokesman).

Wired is reporting that the Senator from Utah's web site made use of a JavaScript product without an appropriate license.

The product, from Milonic Solutions in the UK, enables special pop-down menus for navigation and costs $900 to license, although it is available for free to non-profits (which Senator Hatch probably qualifies for). Either way, though, the Senator's site didn't have the appropriate acknowledgements required by the license for non-profit organizations.

Although Mr. Hatch amended his comments Wednesday in a statement to "I do not favor extreme remedies -- unless no moderate remedies can be found", I think it is appropriate to remind him that the is (in his own words) "no excuse" for copyright violation.