Major copyright bill boosts penalties, creates new agencyhttp://www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9829826-38.html
"By providing additional resources for enforcement of intellectual property, we ensure that innovation and creativity will continue to prosper in our society," Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich) said in a statement.
Is this guy kidding? Stiff copywrite laws, and controlling information ensures innovation and creativity? If it wasn't for free flowing information there would be very little innovation, and almost no creativity.
Both the RIAA and MPAA have been pushing bill after bill through congress without success. They continue to try get control of music and movie sharing. They continue to try and prop up a dead industry model.
This is the latest. It aims to stiffen penalties for those who download, and/or provide files for downloading. That's not the worst part though. It creates yet another government bureaucracy.
Beyond its effects on file sharing litigation, the bill would create a new, taxpayer-funded federal bureaucracy focused on policing intellectual property domestically and overseas, including:
a United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Representative, appointed by the President,
an Intellectual Property Enforcement Division in the Department of Justice, and
additional intellectual property attachés to staff U.S. embassies
The general idea is that the United States will step up it's attempts to shut down sites based in Russia and China and other countries where copywrite laws are less stringent.
As if we don't have enough problems in the world.