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This bill has been passed in the House. The bill now goes on to be voted on in the Senate. Keep in mind that debate may be taking place on a companion bill in the Senate, rather than on this particular bill. [Last Updated: May 8, 2008]
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May 8, 2008: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 410 - 11 (Roll no. 300).
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EFF Article on PRO IP Act

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This week, members of the House Judiciary Committee introduced the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act of 2007," a bill that ratchets up the federal government's role in dealing with intellectual property infringement. While portions of the bill seem legitimately targeted at combating mass, commercial counterfeiting operations, other parts are devoted to little more than protecting the entertainment industry's obsolete business models.

Going after commercial pirates is a good idea, but copyright law often fails to distinguish between commercial counterfeiters and regular folks -- like those caught up in the RIAA's anti-downloading litigation dragnet. If the entertainment industry wants to pile on extraordinary penalties for the commercial pirates, it also seems like a good time to make adjustments that recognize that lesser penalties are appropriate for noncommercial, personal copying. People who reasonably believe that what they are doing is a fair use, for example, shouldn't face ruinous liability if a court doesn't agree with them. Similarly, the thousands of music fans arbitrarily singled out for file sharing shouldn't have to risk their homes just to have their day in court. And, of course, technology companies shouldn't be put out of business just because their multi-purpose products are misused by their customers.

Unfortunately, the PRO IP Act is just another in a long line of "one-way ratchet" proposals that amplifies copyright without protecting innovators or technology users. One provision, entitled "Computation of Statutory Damages in Copyright Cases," seems aimed at allowing the music industry to threaten even higher statutory damages in its campaign to sue filesharers. Copyright law currently allows the RIAA to seek statutory damages per album, while the new law would allow them to seek damages per song. Under the new limits proposed by the PRO IP Act, someone who downloads each individual track from Guns N' Roses' 12-track Appetite for Destruction album could face a maximum statutory penalty of $360,000; as opposed to the current limit of $30,000 for the album.

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.
These new federal bureaucrats would essentially have one responsibility -- protecting the business interests of the biggest names in movies, music, and software. All of these industries are profitable, many of the corporations are foreign, and yet they want the American taxpayer to pick up the tab. Surely, Americans would rather see their tax dollars spent helping businesses and individuals who don't have ample means to help themselves.
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EFF Article on PRO IP Act



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Are the new fines for personal or commercial offenses?

If its not someone who is making money off the stolen music how is the fine higher then if you shop lifted the CD?
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Are the new fines for personal or commercial offenses?

If its not someone who is making money off the stolen music how is the fine higher then if you shop lifted the CD?
Think it might be down to the number of people you 'might' have shared the file with
    
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this is totally absurd.
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Think it might be down to the number of people you 'might' have shared the file with
so lets say hypothetically I have 15,000 downloaded tracks. If I dont share anything than obviously they cant catch you unless it hits like some futuristic witch hunt dictatorship government scenario,,,,

But they could assume if you used torrents that while downloading it you "might" have shared it with X amount of people?

possible how exactly do they search and check this I wonder what kind of setup they have going....

R.I.P torrentspy .... only a matter of time before they just keep shifting targets
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So the MPAA and RIAA just became federally funded, such BS.
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Are the new fines for personal or commercial offenses?

If its not someone who is making money off the stolen music how is the fine higher then if you shop lifted the CD?
File sharers get busted for uploading, not downloading
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Yeah it's smart in the way that if you dissuade people from uploading, even if there are people who still download, they wouldn't have anything to download... But good luck enforcing that, but I'm sure that we're going to see the amount of shared music,movies... decrease on file sharing and torents soon as it's starting to scare a lot of people.
    
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File sharers get busted for uploading, not downloading
yeah but with torrents you could be uploading while downloading depending on your settings.....


nice find... thanks for the article post
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Damn, thats steep, but it is still worth it. Appetite is one of the best albums ever





Seriously, this is a lobbying. What a waste of time.
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