And of course, the latest attempt to put US file sharers in prison...
Today, bill HR 2517 which would, among other things, allow the FBI to prosecute p2p file sharers, again rears its head.
Because today is the day Lamar Smith, backed by John Conyers and Hollywood Howard Berman, plan to present changes to their Copyright Enforcement Bill
as a markup statement to the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.
As it stands, HR 2517 is designed to, "To enhance criminal enforcement of the copyright laws, educate the public about the application of copyright
law to the Internet, and clarify the authority to seize unauthorized copyrighted works."
Smith & Co now also want to make it a federal crime to record movies during a cinema performance; and, "create a new provision requiring any person
who offers 'enabling' software for download over the Internet to provide notice to users about the risks and get consent before allowing the user to
And, although the 1997 NET (No Electronic Theft) Act, "closed a loophole that required a showing of attempted financial gain as a prerequisite to
bringing criminal charges against an infringer," unfortunately, they say, it's "difficult" for various reasons to satisfy the statute's "felony
threshold" and the Department of Justice has, "encountered many obstacles to prosecuting cases under the NET Act". So, "the Subcommittee intends
to work with DOJ, affected federal agencies, copyright owners, and technology and user groups in an effort to find an appropriate solution".