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New draft version of Induce Act released

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 02 Sep 2004 15:10 User comments (3)

New draft version of Induce Act released United States' Copyright Office has finished a new draft version of so-called Induce Act legislation proposal, which tries to address some of the problems with the original proposal, but according to various parties, seems to fail as miserabely as its predecessor.
Induce Act is basically a proposal for a new law in United States that would make P2P networks illegal by making it illegal to "induce" a person to violate copyright legislation. The new version, which is not the version ultimately going to be proposed as a new legislation, but rather a mid-way-through draft version, adds a definition for "inducing": "affirmative, overt acts that are reasonably expected to cause or persuade another person or persons". By adding this wording, Copyright Office tries to shrug off the criticism that the original version would have outlawed iPod and other digital players that support non-DRM file formats, such as MP3, and thus "induce" people to break the copyright laws.

But according to ISPs, such as Verizon, the draft of the proposal still has major flaws -- in one section, the text states that companies who "actively interfere" with a copyright owner's efforts to identify pirates could be sued. This could mean that if RIAA asks an ISP to hand over all of the personal details of all of its users, without giving further reason for doing so, the ISP could be sued for "interfering" RIAA's P2P jihad.

Source: News.com

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3 user comments

12.9.2004 18:44

"Induce" Could I please induce the RIAA so they would not be such idiots.

22.9.2004 20:40

well Sony "induced" me by making a cd/dvd/dual layer burner and GIVEN ME THE SOFTWARE TO COMMIT all this "piracy".......I am just a victim of the "capitalist pig-dogs" who only want money for nothing. Let see, who all induces piracy???? Microsoft had built in burning software in XP, Apple makes Ipods which play mp3, Sony makes all kinds of "inducing" things, all the RIAA members "induce" by price guaging cds. And lets not forget to investigate how much money of the RIAA is behing other brands of burner devices and software.....

33.9.2004 2:16

Maybe we all could sue the RIAA for persuading people to break copyright laws.....with all the crap that they are doing! I'm sure there is a lawyer out there that could prove that by suing people, such as 12 year old girls, pursuades people to hate them and thus break their copyright laws.......It's REALITY, but it IS a stretch in the courtroom.

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