Friday, December 7, 2007

Congress' copyright reform: seize computers, boost penalties

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House yesterday wants to reform copyright... by upping the penalties. Consumer groups are not impressed. Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, said in a statement, "seizing expensive manufacturing equipment used for large-scale infringement from a commercial pirate may be appropriate. Seizing a family's general-purpose computer in a download case, as this bill would allow, is not appropriate."

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