Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

October 13, 2008 -

In his Law of the Game on Joystiq column, legal eagle Mark Methenitis reports on yet another piece of legislation designed to protect IP rights holders at the expense of consumers.

This time around it's the Intellectual Property Act aka the "PRO-IP Act". According to Methenitis, the proposed law, which has been passed by Congress and awaits President Bush's signature:

  • increases the penalties for infringement by expanding what is considered a 'work'
  • broadens the ability of the government to permanently seize goods
  • creates an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, a new cabinet position whose sole job is to increase intellectual property enforcement.

Terming the bill "a load of bad news for consumers," Methenitis writes:

The impact to the consumer is obvious... more or less anything that has come into contact with that pirated item can be seized by the government. The statute is worded in such a broad manner that it would be theoretically possible to seize all of the computers in a home or office if one pirated MP3 or piece of software was present.

 

...based on this new definition of 'works,' a game with a licensed soundtrack may be multiple works... For example, let's say someone is pirating Madden 2002. It might not be worth EA's time or trouble to go after those pirates, since their real concern at this point is Madden 2009, but the piracy of that game could now also potentially be considered the piracy of that music.

Methenitis notes that it is unclear whether Bush will sign the bill or leave it for his successor.

UPDATE: Gizmodo reports that President Bush signed the bill into law today.


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Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Oh Fuck...

Oh Shit...

Oh Goddamnit...

United we Stand, Divided we fall.

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

I'm pointing and laughing again.

Oh, and downloading Iron Man.

 

 

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Wow, this is indeed scary. Now I wonder how much worse it'll get from here.

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Well it's no longer a questionmark... Dubya signed it into law.  Oh joy.

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Seems when it comes to politics, people just make shit up for the hell of it. Why not? I guess it is kind of fun. Gossip that influences people!

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Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Great, so basically a Democrat controlled Congress voted for a law limiting your rights and you use a slang insult for Bush like he came up with? Great I wonder how much more biased this site is going to become

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

I always thought it was a nickname, not an insult.

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

It's meant as an insulting Nickname to make him look like a dumb *** hick

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Maybe because he is a Dumb **** hick....

 

Not to mention an alchoholic, drugy, war monger and the worst president the USA has ever had.

 

 

 

 

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Yeah. Damn the media... them evil dictators of the world. But then again, you gotta admit that bush is one troubled soul.

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"Because this town is under the stranglehold of a few tight eyed Tree Huggers who would rather play Hacky Sack than lock up the homeless" -- Birch Barlow

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Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

A cabinet position? For something this trivial?

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Hopefully "Dubya" will excercise his underused veto muscles on this. Or at least pass the buck to someone who will.

If you go crazy then I will still call you Superman.

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Yeah, sure. Your current president can't walk and breathe at the same time.

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Hey that only happens when he is eating a pretzel at the time...

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush_pretzel_incident

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Living in Canada; law wouldn't apply to me.

Pointing, laughing, etcetera.

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

We really needs someone to draft a consumer rights bill and call it pro consumer rights or something to that effect. This is getting truly reidculous.

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Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

from an outsiders perspective, it's really annoying to see the US waste so much money on laws that will be fought and overturned, wasting even more money yet.

Re: Scary IP Enforcement Legislation Awaits Dubya's Signature

Oh joy.
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