February 22, 2003
Rep. Berman May Not Revive Internet Piracy Bill

At the Digital Rights Summit a couple of days ago, Howard Berman said in an interview that he might not reintroduce a revised version of his Internet Piracy Bill. "Realistically, a bill like this isn't going to zip through Congress," he said. Apparently, Hollywood doesn't like the parts of the bill that would impose penalties for copyright holders who, through what they call "self-help" measures, go too far in fighting piracy. Presumably this means hacking too far into some file sharer's computer? And getting caught. You'd think the fear of bad publicity alone would make it unpalatable, but supposedly they don't want the liability either. "And if they're not for it," Berman asked, "where am I going?"

Posted by Mary Hodder at February 22, 2003 08:53 AM
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