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cording to Conyers, the Act will >>>
* Prioritize intellectual property protection to the highest level of our government
* Make changes to IP law to enhance the ability of IP owners to effectively enforce their rights
* Make it easier to criminally prosecute repeat offenders
* Increase penalties for IP violations that endanger public health and safety.
Conyers doesn’t explain how IP infringement could possibly have any effect on public health and safety.
Originally posted by Witness2008
reply to post by Karlhungis
When the slaves rebel and invent novel ways of listening to favored music instead of handing over the hard earned bucks...well there is a price to pay. I am a big admirer of Trent Reznor who advocates free music. Instead of lining the pockets of record executives he puts it towards making sure we have the art.
During yesterday's markup of the bill, committee members tried to mollify the Justice Department and head off a veto by clarifying that the czar would not make policy but coordinate anti-piracy efforts across government.
But the changes in language did little to persuade the agency.
"Establishing such an office would undermine the traditional independence of the Department of Justice in criminal enforcement matters," department spokesman Peter Carr wrote in an e-mail yesterday. "Establishing such an office in [the White House] would codify precisely the type of political interference in the independent exercise of DOJ prosecutorial judgment that many members of Congress and senators have alleged over the last couple years."
White House spokesman Tony Fratto said, "The White House has very serious concerns with the legislation."