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Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby SlyckTom » Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:10 pm

The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Act of 2008 passed the US Senate today, but many are breathing a sigh of relief anyway. A controversial provision which grants the Department of Justice the power to file civil copyright lawsuits didn't make the final cut. The provision was removed amid intense protest from the usual suspects and a surprise entity.

As a recap, the controversial provision grants the Attorney General the power to "...commence a civil action in the appropriate United States district court against any person who engages in conduct constituting [copyright infringement]..."

Not too many people liked that provision, especially the public advocacy group Public Knowledge, who saw the provision as an unnecessary tax payer expense. Don't agree with Public Knowledge? Fair enough. How about the Department of Justice's opinion on the matter...

In a letter from the Attorney General's office to bill proponents Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Arlen Specter, the DoJ wasn't at all impressed with the change, as the department argued such a shift in responsibility would undermine their criminal enforcement efforts. Additionally, the DoJ threw the civil responsibility back at the copyright holders:

"[C]ivil copyright enforcement has always been the responsibility and prerogative of private copyright holders, and U.S. law already provides them with effective legal tools to protect their rights..."

The protests succeeded in having the provision removed, which was enough for all sides to claim victory. RIAA Chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol offered praise for the bill's passage:

"This bill truly is music to the ears of all those who care about strengthening American creativity and jobs. At a critical economic juncture, this bipartisan legislation provides enhanced protection for an important asset that helps lead our global competitiveness."

Despite the loss of the provision, the pro-copyright camp can look forward to a host of other enhancements to the US copyright law. The bill will restructure the current government copyright enforcement model by creating a "Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator" office within the White House, which would report all matters of copyright enforcement directly to the President. According to Sen. Leahy's website, the Coordinators responsibilities include chairing "...an inter-agency committee that will produce a Joint Strategic Plan to combat piracy and counterfeiting and which will identify duplicative or inefficient efforts."

In addition, the bill will increase funding to federal and local law enforcement agencies in the pursuit of copyright criminals, expands the FBI to support the new White House office, and "procure advanced tools for investigating computer hacking or intellectual property crimes."

The bill still has a trip to the House of Representatives and the President's desk before it becomes law. Read more on the details of the bill at Sen. Leahy's website.



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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:22 pm

am i the only one who is wondering wtf "inefficient efforts" are, and why they need to be covered by new law?

edit: oh, duh. i bet it means sloppy enforcement efforts. yes, there's a paragon of efficiency - a committee. :roll:
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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby chainmail » Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:17 pm

As usual, the taxpayers will be left footing the bill for all this, while the people who will reap all the benefits - and none of the cost - of this new law can be assured that their out-of-pocket expense of lobbying and political contributions has again paid off.

Here's yet another new expense for a government that is going broke fast.

One concern I have is whether this new White House office will be focused on large-scale commercial counterfeiting operations ... or 13-year-old girls sharing Hannah Montana songs.
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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby voodoohippie » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:38 pm

Well I'd hope to think that if there is to be a copyright enforcement team at the white house that it would not be so concerned with file sharing, but rather counter fit material (Hats, Shirts, Jeans, Physical CD's (The sale of a CD that has been made counter fit as apposed to selling a licensed original). File sharing is really not infringement when you look at it. Words have been changed to make the courts think that Downloading music is the same is counter fit items (which its not) unless the industry is now trying to say its going to accept Digital sales as apposed to physical CD's. However you can't have your cake and eat it too. Instead of making America a more unworthy place to live via these silly suits (which in most cases have been thrown out) why not concentrate on an ad supportive business model where money is sure to come in. No one complains about Tivo's ads on the guide, so why not firure out ways to make p2p be a lucrative form of income? Maybe its a case of a power trip over the consumers (one that can never be won).
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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby Wareagle » Sat Sep 27, 2008 1:28 pm

Whatever happened to the 9th and 10th amendments?

Why is my tax money being used to bail out companies who gave out loans to people they knew couldn't pay it back? Won't this $700 billion go directly to executives?

Once again, the government has passed a law taking my tax money and giving it to the fat cats.

It would be interesting to see if we could get a lot of people to not file tax returns, and instead donate the money they would have used to pay for income tax to seniors, children's hospitals, and soldiers serving in Iraq. In other words, doing the federal government's job for it. Yeah, we'd get in trouble, but that's the cost of civil disobedience.
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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby tolow2ce » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:14 am

Again, this is further proof that we now live in a national socialist country.

Let me be the first to welcome you to our new country, where the gov does not work for the people, but works for the corporation. Oh excuse me, The Corporation. Its time to end their citizenship, NOW!!

It replaces the current National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council (NIPLECC), currently housed in the Department of Commerce, with an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator within the Executive Office of the President. The Coordinator will chair an inter-agency committee that will produce a Joint Strategic Plan to combat piracy and counterfeiting and which will identify duplicative or inefficient efforts.


Oh look a lobbyist in the white house.


How fucking far can they pull this rubber band back!!?? You stupid ass mother fuckers who don't give a a shit about anything , need to fucking start!!
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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby Duncker » Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:49 am

tolow2ce wrote:Again, this is further proof that we now live in a national socialist country...*snip*


I think of the US as more of a fascist country myself.
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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:31 pm

Duncker wrote:I think of the US as more of a fascist country myself.


:lol: :lol: what a surprise.

but hey, wtf, just for the sake of academic discourse, the terms national socialism and fascism, in modern usage, have become essentially interchangeable.

Wikipedia wrote:This idea was espoused by multiple political movements and leaders, especially in Europe including Enrico Corradini and especially and most predominantly the ideology of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (a.k.a. Nazi Party) led by Adolf Hitler. The form of national socialism utilized by Hitler and groups related to the Nazis are often considered as variants of fascism.
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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby Styfler » Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:54 pm

:lol: Same shit. Different day. Basically they have more then enough ways to bust the pirate's out there. They just want to be more God like and really give them a run for there money. But I think they have more then cross the line so far by tracking your IP addresses and looking in on you unexpectedly. And with out permission. I am so sick of this power trip. I have Peer Guardian 2 that allows me to block out a greta percentage of all those asshole's that try to see what I am doing. And although it's not 100% affective. I sleep better at night.
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Re: Copyright Bill Passes Senate

Postby voodoohippie » Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:46 pm

2 things to point out here. first thing is that the president of the US has more than enough more important things to worry about than a bunch of p2p users who share files. Again any moron young or old can see that if the artists are that terribly bad off that AEM (search for my proposal I've posted it enough times) is the true essence ware artists get paid, and computer hobbyist (not pirates as they call us) can get legal content and the more Downloaders, the more the artist get paid. What I can't understand is why the EFF hasn't taken my proposal and lobbied to make it so. Maybe I'll have to leave feedback to Real Networks to see what they think of my proposal.
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