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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bush Signs Piracy Bill into Law

posted by on October 14 at 9:30 AM

George W. Bush signed into law Monday a seemingly wasteful bill that purports to toughen penalties on movie and music piracy at the federal level.

The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally. The Justice Department had opposed the creation of this position.

The Justice Department had said the position would undermine its authority.

The law also toughens criminal laws against piracy and counterfeiting.

The Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America backed the bill, as did the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Do we really need an intellectual property czar?

Via billboard.biz

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an intellectual property czar will be as effective as the drug czar. america really turned around after the drug czar effectively shamed everyone into not doing drugs anymore.

Posted by cosby | October 14, 2008 10:06 AM
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Hopefully his first target is the McCain campaign and their habit of using songs for which they haven't secured licensing rights...

Posted by Tiktok | October 14, 2008 10:16 AM

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