Friday, July 02, 2004

Hang onto your iPods: Here comes Orrin Hatch

Here's an interesting article about the INDUCE Act and the PIRATE Act. Hang onto your iPods: Here comes Orrin Hatch.

Not only your iPod is in jeopardy. The Inducing Infringements of Copyright Act introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) could conceivably make using CD burners, MP3 players and even some cellphones illegal.

Meanwhile Sen. Hatch continues to push another bipartisan bill, the Inducing Infringements of Copyright Act, which would permit lawsuits against any company that "intentionally induces'' consumers to make copies of copyrighted material. Supporters claim the bill merely targets file-sharing programs. But groups like the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation see it as something more insidious: a pathway to eliminating iPods, CD burners and other technological innovations that "induce'' users to violate copyrights.

Article in The Boston Herald.

Via Current Copyright Readings.


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