Saturday, July 10, 2004

Batten Down The Hatch (Bill)

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) once suggested that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed.

Now, if he has his way, your iPod, Tivo, or even your VCR could get you arrested. Cloaked under the banner of protecting children from pornography, Hatch's Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act (aka INDUCE Act) bans most forms of file copying products. It's no surprise that the RIAA loves the bill. Congress is once again trying to override the 1984 Sony-Betamax Supreme Court decision

Curiously, there seems to be much more coverage of the issue in Britain and Canada then there is in the U.S.


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