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NEWS: Congress Looks Out for Hollywood

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posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 09:25 AM
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The Senate recently introduced legislation that critics say would ban file sharing networks, and also prevent the use of new technologies that could enable the use and distribution of such content.
 



Congress Looks Out for Hollywood
Congress advanced or passed several bills this week that would increase penalties for infringing copyright, and outlaw devices and software that could be used to illegally copy and distribute content. The legislation would also protect computer users from identity theft and the spread of spyware.

The Senate introduced the Induce Act, which critics say would ban file-sharing networks and stymie the introduction of any technology that could be used to copy and distribute copyright work. In addition, the Senate passed the Pirate Act, which would make it easier for the feds to go after file swappers. And on Friday, it passed a bill that would throw anyone caught videotaping a movie in theater into prison for up to three to 10 years.

In the House of Representatives, a committee approved a bill that would ban the use of spyware to track computer users without their permission.

Technologists and copyright activists were most alarmed by the Induce Act, backed by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who in the past five years has received $158,000 in campaign contributions from the television, movie and music industries, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Critics say the bills would make computer and electronic companies think twice before introducing any device that could conceivably distribute copyright works. Even existing devices and software -- like iPods and FTP servers -- could run afoul of the law.

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posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 11:01 AM
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I wonder how long they are gona take before introducing bills that outlaw the use of the internet because it can provide non US goverment biased and provided information and views ...

You know what these kinds of bills does? They make the entire software and hardware development industry move out of the US. Something that has been happening for quite a while already ...

Also, with putting people in jail for doing cam recordings in a cinema, they don't address the "warez"/"moviez" problem at all. Since ALL the major distributions of movies are straight Digital copy's of Press and digital cinema disks. Theres only very few camjobs available online, and the ones that are are usualy standalone people that did it, not the big players like Razor1911 and Reloaded.

The Pro's in movie prerelease distribution have deep contacts within the industry and press and copy movies straight from Press preview DVD's and cinema digital disks.

Then the bill against spyware. A big load of bullocks. Spyware, spam and other things are a Sysadmins job to prevent and block.

Making bills against them only alows for a platform to ban or block non US sites ... same as the patriot acts alow the feds to search homes and detain people under the pretence of a "terrorisme" accusation.

Last but not least, and I already said it at the start of my reply, bills like this only cause the developers to move out of the US and alow another platform for goverment based sencoring of media, internet and technology.


Its starting to become sickening how HUGE the conflict of interest problem with the Movie/Music industry and News agency's is starting to become in the US.

And:

Technologists and copyright activists were most alarmed by the Induce Act, backed by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who in the past five years has received $158,000 in campaign contributions from the television, movie and music industries, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


Just reads to me as "TV, Movie and Music industry just bought themself another law"



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