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New IP law would create new U.S. copyright enforcement agency

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 12 Dec 2007 0:57 User comments (33)

New IP law would create new U.S. copyright enforcement agency A bill introduced in the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support would expand the scope of Intellectual Property (IP) enforcement by Federal officials through the creation of a new division of the Department of Justice for the job.
According to the announcement from House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers the bill would create an office called 'The Office of the United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Representative in the Executive Office of the President' (the law enforcement center of the Federal Government) responsible for enforcing IP law both domestically and internationally. On the domestic front, it even mandates that the new IP Enforcement division be responsible for prosecuting civil cases on behalf of intellectual property owners, many of which are multi-billion dollar corporations.

The bill also increases both criminal and civil penalties for IP infringement, as well as adding forfeiture of computer equipment used for such infringement by the IP Enforcement office.

Bloggers across the internet have attacked the bill as draconian, many seeing a direct relationship to comments made earlier this year by NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker that the creation of such an agency is critical to the well being of the country's economy.

A statement from NBC Universal regarding the current Judiciary Committee bill said “Piracy and counterfeiting have become a worldwide pandemic of crime. If we are to turn the tide, we must significantly step up our effort to protect intellectual property on many fronts. The bold mandate in this legislation for high-level executive leadership–starting at the White House and the Department of Justice–and for dedicated prosecutorial, investigative and international resources will dramatically advance the cause of protecting U.S. innovation, technological invention and creativity.”

Meanwhile a group of 25 prominent law professors from around the country sent a letter to Representative Conyers decrying the bill as unfair because of the threefold increase in civil penalties introduced.

Sources:
Variety
CNet News
Law Professors' Letter To Representative Conyers
Digital Daily

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33 user comments

112.12.2007 1:19

They Should Never let this pass what in there right minds are they thinking

Screw This Bill and any others like it they pull out of there top hat

212.12.2007 1:50

Doesnt america understand what they are doing. First they are alienating the entire world against them. Get the hell out of Iraq. Secondly, they want to impose their laws on the rest of the world. George Bush is leading America into what could be a third world war. Americans need to stand up now and fight. If not, then americans citizens are as much to blame as their government. thay put george bush in charge and they have the power to remove him. Dont be a flock of sheep like you have been. You have the power to change things. Get online, talk to your friends in other countries and find out what the truth is. Dont take georges word for it.become one and stand up America!!!!!!

312.12.2007 2:30

Do you honestly believe the average American wants something like that passed?

The reason bills like that make it into Congress are due to lobbyists hired by corporations. It's all about who has the most money.

412.12.2007 3:28
AXT
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Wow. They want to get rid of net neutrality and now this. WTF are they thinking. These people are like lapdogs for these large corporations. If they do what they tell them, they get a treat. Right? In the form of money. Can nobody see the corruption? They criticize other governments of being corrupt, but all they have to do is look in the mirror. What a bunch of hypocrites. Passing this bill is like taking a big steamy crap on the bill of rights and the constitution.

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512.12.2007 3:54

It's more than just this bill. It's just another notch in a long string of events that needs to stop. The American Dollar, Do you know how much it is currently worth in Europe. The American Dollar is currently worth .66 Cents. The dollar is falling so rapidly I dont even know what to think about it. Its time to dump the dollar and buy uranium or some other precious commodity that can be traded full value no matter where you go. Corporations own the government. Things need to change.
And no, its not about who has the most money. That can change if Americans just stand up and say enough is enough. Instead of just saying
"Do you honestly believe the average American wants something like that passed?

The reason bills like that make it into Congress are due to lobbyists hired by corporations. It's all about who has the most money."

You should be saying I am a sheep bah bah!
Dont feel mad about the truth. we are all sheep. But we are sheep with powers to make a difference. If this bill passes what would you do about it? Would you gather your friends and begin to boycott media or would you just say "oh well the corporations want to take more money from us so let me hand over my wallet and credit cards. Americans are born into debt. Debt to the rest of the world. Debt to our own goverment. How do you feel when an american corporation goes to another country and screws the country out of what rightfully is theirs? Do you think that it serves that country right or do you think one of these days I will apologize to that country for what we did to them. Oil companies go abroad and build pipelines and when the oil is gone they leave a huge environmental mess to clean up.

We need a change. Its not going to change on its own. So I have just one question


If this law passes, what are you gonna do about it?
A. quit buying media and watching tv and shut off the computer
(this is actually a good idea. stop everything for 1
single day. no tv. no internet. no electricity use
No nothing for 1 single day. that would be maybe a
good statement to greedy corporations)
B.Continue on as always until the next freedom is taken away
from us and then still continue on as always.
C. Cant think of a C option. pretty much much A. and B. are the
only two. I think.

What would you do?

612.12.2007 5:19
cousinkix
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King George Bush is on the way out. He's history in 2009. LIBERAL left wing DEMOCRATS control the US Congress and they are making these new laws. The entire CALIFORNIA delegation are WHORES, who were paid for by the RIAA/MPAA lobbyists. Most of them are DEMOCRATS.

Voting for the anti-Bush party doesn't change much. Money talks! American politicians will suck the dix, of whomever gives money to their campaign, to pay for those nasty TV ads. It isn't EUROPE, where elections for parliament and prime minister are paid for by a government agency. Either way the end result is a corporate US regeime. What business wants; business gets. Hell with those idiots who voted for tweedle dee instead of tweedle dum because it's just business as usual in that District of Criminals...

712.12.2007 5:53
nobrainer
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Originally posted by Venom5880:
Do you honestly believe the average American wants something like that passed?

The reason bills like that make it into Congress are due to lobbyists hired by corporations. It's all about who has the most money.
Well you know who it is, don't you, its the MPAA and RIAA but mostly "Sony, Disney and FOX".

criminal or civil, Hmmm. who will foot the bill for the new federal dept?

and it comes at the same time as sony's lawyer deems ripping the cd's YOU own onto your ipod, STEALING!

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/200...s-stealing.html

Originally posted by fta:
Pariser noted that music labels make no money on touring, radio, or merchandise, which leaves the company particularly exposed to the negative effects of file-sharing. "It's my personal belief that Sony BMG is half the size now as it was in 2000," she said, thanks to piracy. In Pariser's view, "when people steal, when they take music without compensation, we are harmed."

Pariser has a very broad definition of "stealing." When questioned by Richard Gabriel, lead counsel for the record labels, Pariser suggested that what millions of music fans do is actually theft. The dirty deed? Ripping your own CDs or downloading songs you already own.

Gabriel asked if it was wrong for consumers to make copies of music which they have purchased, even just one copy. Pariser replied, "When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Making "a copy" of a purchased song is just "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'," she said.
and the rest follow the big boys!

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/200...authorized.html

Originally posted by fta:
Those MP3 and AAC files that you've ripped from your CD collection are still "unauthorized copies" in the eyes of the recording industry. In a brief filed late last week, the RIAA said that the MP3 files on a PC owned by a file-sharing defendant who had admitted to ripping them himself were "unauthorized copies."
sony is the leading lobbyist for more DRM and is pushing for even more draconian laws to, apparently stop pirating!

i think it has more to do with 1 person 1 licence and the average house can then generate 4x the revenue it currently does.

this can be seen with the psn release of warhawk which is locked to 1 account so all family members have to purchase their own copy to play on their account and then is the second goal, destroy the second hand market because warhawk is none transferable so who actually owns it?
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812.12.2007 8:50

The US is in a sad state right now. They are killing us with these bogus laws they are passing under the table.

912.12.2007 11:50

These kinds of laws do exactly the opposite of what they are intended to do. If people are already breaking the law in the eyes of these fools, people will just take the next step and use file sharing. Is the theory then, if you want music on a mp3 player you have to buy that as well?

1012.12.2007 12:07

its just the mpaa and riaa looking for federal backing, this way they will get government funding and tougher punishments for copyright infringments.

1112.12.2007 12:26

this is nuts thats what we get for screwed up politicians
Net Nuetrality For LIFE

1212.12.2007 12:46

they should shootthis down 10000 miles from us borders

1312.12.2007 12:55

If there is one thing I couldn't agree MORE with, it's what 'vert' said......

"First they are alienating the entire world against them. Get the hell out of Iraq. Secondly, they want to impose their laws on the rest of the world. George Bush is leading America into what could be a third world war."

I respect opinions but this is not an opinion.....it's a fact. And if you are a political enthusiast that is SO BLIND and SO DIE HARD "Republican" and Pro-Bush then it's time we (America) start stoning people again, beginning with the aforementioned. I lost a bunch of friends when Bush was up for re-election because they were soooooo blind and sooooo Republican-bound that they didn't care what the President stood for............so long as they were Repubs. and I shunned them for voting for him. Now everyone I know that voted again for him is regretting it. How can people say that's what the system is all about? It's the GD BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB!!! Dem. or Rep. or Independent. Generally looking towards the lesser of the two evils. I am frankly scared to live in the country and if the opportunity presented itself, I'd move to England, Australia or CANADA (with a frakkin' stronger dollar for the first time in like 93 years!!!) in a heartbeat. I love what this country was founded on ............ I hate what this country has become.

1412.12.2007 12:58

heh. i break the law everyday. i speed on the way to work. i run an average of 5 stop signs a day. i shoot guns inside city limits. i dont wear a seat belt. i drink and drive. i smoke inside a no smoking zone. and you think that i give a rats 4$$ about some bill telling me not to do it. ill do it anyway cause i know there are only so many law Enforcer's in this world and if everybody does it there wont be any law enforcer to stop me now will there.

logic is logic. the states are playing children games that have zero logic. (the states of america>> bang bang your dead). (average american with logic>> i am but no high speed projectile hit me ow well 30 more gigs of music to go)

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1512.12.2007 13:01

Quote:
will dramatically advance the cause of protecting U.S. innovation, technological invention and creativity.
What they are passing will do no such thing. It will further hinder and stifle new innovation, invention and creativity. Furthermore, it will deplete their pocketbook, I gurantee sales will not rise with any of these bogus laws in place. People cannot buy what they cannot afford, it's as simple as that.

1612.12.2007 13:16

What it will do is exactly what it's meant to:
1) It will remove liability from the RIAA or whoever is currently prosecuting because even if you're proven innocent, good luck trying to win a case against the federal government.
2) If they actually criminalize it on a personal level, it means that there will be alot of fines handed out in addition to any liability to the RIAA/etc.
In some form this is going to likely pass sooner or later, there is too much lobbiest money for it not to.
And to think, America is no thought of as a free country(atleast by those inside it who won't believe anything but what is on the idiot box.)

1712.12.2007 17:49

Quote:
...comments made earlier this year by [...] Jeff Zucker that the creation of such an agency is critical to the well being of the country's economy.
This sentence would be more accurate like this:
Quote:
...comments made earlier this year by [...] Jeff Zucker that the creation of such an agency is critical to the well being of Jeff Zucker and the rest of his kind.

1812.12.2007 18:19

Originally posted by paragon32:
What it will do is exactly what it's meant to:
1) It will remove liability from the RIAA or whoever is currently prosecuting because even if you're proven innocent, good luck trying to win a case against the federal government.
2) If they actually criminalize it on a personal level, it means that there will be alot of fines handed out in addition to any liability to the RIAA/etc.
In some form this is going to likely pass sooner or later, there is too much lobbiest money for it not to.
And to think, America is no thought of as a free country(atleast by those inside it who won't believe anything but what is on the idiot box.)



And increase prison overcrowding. Everybody and their frggin' grannies will be in jail. And I mean the friggin' grannies too.........."Eh sonny......what's that sonny........you caught me downloadin' a pirated copy of Mary Poppins????"

1913.12.2007 3:39

Follow the money trail folks. You buy a cd/dvd from said media company, company in turns "buys" politician, company "asks" politiciains to help "save their dying business model" by creating another government dept. that will be paid for buy taxpayers to jail said taxpayers when they break the "new" "laws" that will ocming next.


hmmmm..... makes you wonder where all the common sense in the world has gone... gone with the wind... ooops guess I'll be sued for using something that was trademarked over a half century ago!

2013.12.2007 10:24
ali2007
Inactive

in the the year 2008 govt will approve how much we foulness removed, i am tired of this crap foulness removed

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2113.12.2007 10:42

ali2007,

I'm tired of editing posts of foul mouthed kiddies.

Quote:
6. No foul language, insults, personal attacks or otherwise rude messages.



2213.12.2007 12:50
morguex
Inactive

Originally posted by DXR88:
heh. i break the law everyday. i speed on the way to work. i run an average of 5 stop signs a day. i shoot guns inside city limits. i dont wear a seat belt. i drink and drive.
I hope your kidding.

2313.12.2007 12:55

Unfutunatly Not, to drink and drive is not bad it when your drunk that it becomes a hazard

2413.12.2007 14:19

I love how "with bipartisan support" was mentioned to try to stem the political onslaught of "anti-bush/anti-dem" comments... only to end in failure. It was in the very first sentence, and it still went over people's heads.

2513.12.2007 14:29

NO DOUBT!!!............if you're not kidding then watch out for my arse on the road. I'm a auto-vigilante. Drive like that around me and I'll run you off the road and make it look like an accident covering my own ass. ;) I like to think of myself as a 'lesson teacher'.

"foul - mouthed kiddies".............I don't understand, they get away with it ALL THE TIME, yet I said one measly word once and was banned. Be nice and fair Mr. Moderator and of course, Happy Holidays.

2613.12.2007 14:33

Off topic here but drinking one, then two then three then four drinks is how it works before getting on the road. Regular peeps can't be trusted with that decision making (except those like me). Germany has "no tolerance" law. 0 drinks pal. Catching a 'buzz' is no good either............unless you're one of the many damn fools who somehow delude themselves into thinking they drive better under the influence. Shame!

2713.12.2007 16:21
morguex
Inactive

Again off topic, But DRX88, you don;t have to be drunk to kill someone or mame them. Your luck will run out my friend.
It will be too late for remorse and tears then.

2813.12.2007 19:11
D40
Inactive

They are just a bunch of greedy bastards. They already make more money that God, and all they want is more money and more power. It's worse than a heroin addiction. I hope that at some point the technology becomes so advanced that the works of everyday people will be of such a high quality that these big media studios and record companies will be just a humorous memory.

2914.12.2007 11:01

Originally posted by morguex:
Again off topic, But DRX88, you don;t have to be drunk to kill someone or mame them. Your luck will run out my friend.
It will be too late for remorse and tears then.
Mhm i only mentioned it because its gonna be like that for ever. if they make it illeagle to sell or even own a copy you go to jail. its all the nonsence the authorities are being pulled for why is it required that 4 cops be at a fire when there not needed its nonsense.

there are drugs passing by but there to busy paying attention to all this nonsence...

3014.12.2007 17:54

If you follow the news you will notice the government agencies are increasingly supporting the Entertainment Industry...an EXCELLENT source for election funds! Does the FCC protect the consumers, or allow monopolistic radio air wave buying. Does the Dept. Of Justice side with consumers or the Industry? The Industry is the new and most powerful 4th Branch of US Government. Western Digital makes a market testing DRM HD. ISP's install NSA snooping hardware. ALL traffic can be read on the internet by 7 level packet sniffers. Control the means of communication and you control the population. I doubt the USA would fall if ALL the Entertainment Industry went bankrupt (Which it surely is not!) But the Industry needs funds to replace what it lost to PIRATING politicians of their profit base. Get out the foil caps and cover your ass! 'Cause I'll probably be sniffed out and targeted now! lol!

3115.12.2007 1:55

I'd like to know the names of the politicians involved who support this bill.

3223.12.2007 21:10

Quote:
'The Office of the United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Representative in the Executive Office of the President' (the law enforcement center of the Federal Government)
That is one long name for a crap part of the U.S law system no offense but couldn't they think of something shorter. :)

3323.12.2007 21:26

At the rate we are going, pretty soon, taking a shit on the Sabbath will be against the law.

The US government preaches about the benefits of new technologies but bristles when it's not their liking.

Loyalty to the country always; Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.

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