Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Making Copyright infringement a criminal act?

I recommend reading this article at Wired News on the topic of the recent suggestions of the Attorney General:
If the attorney general has his way, copyright law will work more like drug laws: The government could seize your personal property, wiretaps in counterfeit cases would become legit, violators could face lifetime prison sentences, and, in an ambiguous and far-reaching provision, the mere attempt to violate a copyright would become a crime.

The Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, proposed to Congress on Monday by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, would amend current U.S. copyright law to give the government far more power to investigate and prosecute cases, would expand the scope of what constitutes a criminal act, and would stiffen penalties, including adding a life term for those whose activities cause death.

Obviously some of us believe this goes a bit to far in it's scope and focus so it will be interesting to see what happens in Congress in regard to this.


Hooda Thunkit said...

"A bit far," is an understatement.

The nanny state is doing their best to involve themselves in every aspect of our lives...

What ever happened to limited government and personal responsibility?

Ula said...

Good for people to know.