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Topic: Congress readies broad new Digital Copyright Bill

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    Oct 2000
    Orcas Island

    Congress readies broad new Digital Copyright Bill

    Things are getting strict with regards to copyright in the US. According to a CNET report:
    "A proposed copyright law seen by CNET News.com would expand the DMCA's restrictions on software that can bypass copy protections and grant federal police more wiretapping and enforcement powers.

    The draft legislation, created by the Bush administration and backed by Rep. Lamar Smith, already enjoys the support of large copyright holders such as the Recording Industry Association of America. Smith, a Texas Republican, is the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees intellectual-property law.

    A spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee said Friday that the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006 is expected to "be introduced in the near future...."

    The proposed law scheduled to be introduced by Rep. Smith also does the following:

    • Permits wiretaps in investigations of copyright crimes, trade secret theft and economic espionage. It would establish a new copyright unit inside the FBI and budgets $20 million on topics including creating "advanced tools of forensic science to investigate" copyright crimes.

    • Amends existing law to permit criminal enforcement of copyright violations even if the work was not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.

    • Boosts criminal penalties for copyright infringement originally created by the No Electronic Theft Act of 1997 from five years to 10 years (and 10 years to 20 years for subsequent offenses). The NET Act targets noncommercial piracy including posting copyrighted photos, videos or news articles on a Web site if the value exceeds $1,000.

    • Creates civil asset forfeiture penalties for anything used in copyright piracy. Computers or other equipment seized must be "destroyed" or otherwise disposed of, for instance at a government auction. Criminal asset forfeiture will be done following the rules established by federal drug laws.

    • Says copyright holders can impound "records documenting the manufacture, sale or receipt of items involved in" infringements.
    Sample pirates beware!

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: Congress readies broad new Digital Copyright Bill

    Remind me what privacy is again because it's been so long since we have had full control over it...

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