New Anti-Piracy Bill Proposed in U.S. Senate

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  1. sanity
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    Not sure if anyone has posted this yet but....

    "Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" in the United States Senate on Monday. 13 other senators — Orrin Hatch (Republican-Utah), Evan Bayh (D-Indiana), Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), Thomas Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), Herbert Kohl (D-Wisconsin), Charles Schumer (D-New York), Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania), George Voinovich (R-Ohio), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) — co-sponsored the bill.

    The bill would allow the Attorney General to pursue restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and injunctions against websites that have "no demonstrable, commercially significant purpose or use other than" copyright-infringing activities. The bill would also allow these actions to be pursued against such websites in rem — meaning that the website itself can be treated as the defendant rather than its owner. This would also allow the government to pursue sites whose owners may not be within the United States' jurisdiction, if the site knowingly provides infringing content within the United States.

    In Leahy's introduction (PDF), the senator cited an American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) report, which estimated that piracy costs the United States over 200,000 jobs within the movie and music industries. (The AFL-CIO derived its figure from "The True Cost of Sound Recording Piracy to the U.S. Economy" report published by the Institute for Policy Innovation, a think tank founded by former U.S. Representative **** Armey.) He also said that the new bill would "provide the Justice Department with an important tool to crack down on Web sites dedicated to online infringement."

    The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Leahy is chairperson. A full text of the bill is available courtesy of the independent GovTrack.us website.

    In 2008, the Judiciary Committee approved the Prioritizing Resources and Organization of Intellectual Property Act of 2008, another bill introduced by Leahy. The bill directed the President to establish an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and allowed the Justice Department to bring civil suits against infringers on behalf of content owners. Then President George W. Bush signed the bill into law in October 2008.

    This past May, the FBI shut down a comic book scan site, and the Justice Department later filed a federal suit against the site's owner for copyright infringement."

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-...d-in-u.s-senate
     
  2. Saddamsdevil

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    Nice one, but, doesn't this mean pirates win anyway if the site is hosted offshore?
     
  3. Canonbeat234

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    Here we go again, the democrates busy fighting something that they know its not going to work in their favor.
     
  4. jbruckus

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    dems, repubs, same thing. Lets hope the empire doesnt strike back.
     
  5. trumpet-205

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    Why do I get the feeling that 4chan is going to attack these senators' website?
     
  6. VashTS

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    ^ that would be awesome!

    this is a waste of time and tax payer money. focus on something productive. i really hate the way the government is run. they waste SO much money. i hope it gets an overhaul from some good president in the future.
     
  7. monkat

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    *in the case of games at least - not all copyright infringement is the same* This really isn't a waste of money. The government wastes a ton of my money (specifically on their own salaries), but stopping piracy is important for any economy. Receiving goods and services without paying means that the providers have nothing, which means they can't buy anything, which means no money is being circulated. Granted, for people who just can't afford to buy games or systems (really, if you can afford a system, you can afford to buy games - people who play on emulators and such) don't hurt the economy by pirating - it's a net zero (lolpun).

    A coming trend, though, is that a higher and higher percentage of people just pirate because they can - not because they need to, and that's really where it needs to stop. We spend taxpayer money to stop you guys from hurting yourselves and other Americans.
     
  8. Dark_linis

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    God damn it Charles Schumer! I never voted for you.
     
  9. elmoreas

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    For one thing this will apply to sites outside the USA because they would be treated in REM if the sold/shipped to the USA. As for its effectiveness, meh don't worry about it. All the site has to do is list make sure 51% of the items it sells are BS junk knick knacks and voila they are no longer able to be considered as it is not their sole purpose, legally/technically.
     
  10. worlok375

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    Lol. If they're going to treat the website as a defendant how are they going to get it to show up in court?
     
  11. soulx

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    The founder would show up in court or in our case, Costello.
     
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    Diane Feinstein, I am disappoint.
     
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    I'm pretty good at making arguments, I'll be Costello's lawyer. Unless someone is actually a lawyer here, then you can have the position.
     
  14. EpicJungle

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    CAUSE YOU PHYSIC.
     
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    Fix'd
     
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  17. axb993

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    Thanks for the info. Im in aus, so it's hard to find info like this from trad sources(newspaper etc).


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  18. thebigboss14

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    Here we go again but now let's seriously see what are their plans for this new bill.
     
  19. worlok375

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    It said that the WEBSITE would be the defendant.
     
  20. chrisrlink

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    but what if the piraters dl their stuff before the new US law is enacted will they get slammed also?