Copyright Kingpins?


I have been very careful to point out the difference between anti-DRM and illegal file sharing. Not so surprisingly, the RIAA sees it differently. Apparently, the DMCA just doesn’t quite go far enough.
The Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007 would “stiffen penalties for violating anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and other copyright crimes”. This bill also introduces two completely new federal crimes, “attempted copyright infringement” and “distribution” of copyrighted materials. I suppose next up is “trafficking” and “paraphernalia”, making it a federal crime to have more than one 50-pack of CD-Rs at a time. We could sign for them like Sudafed.

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