Counseling Copyright Infringers May Be A Crime

from the that-doesn't-sound-good... dept

Senator Orrin Hatch clearly has some bizarre beliefs about copyright infringement. Exactly a year ago, he made his infamous suggestion that companies figure out a way to destroy the computers of anyone who infringes on copyrights. While that seemed a tad extreme to most folks, Hatch continues his crusade against the things like fair use and innovation. While it's not yet confirmed, the EFF is reporting that Hatch is set to introduce a new bill that would make it a crime to "induce" copyright infringement. That seems fairly broad and ridiculously dangerous. Even worse, the law also targets those who "counsel" infringers. Does this mean those who infringe on copyrights, even for fair use reasons, no longer have a right to legal representation? Update: More details including the apparent language of the bill and an excellent analysis by Ernest Miller about how ridiculous this whole thing is from the title of the proposed bill right through its intent.


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    Permanent4, Jun 17th, 2004 @ 9:26am

    Is it just me...

    ...or does Senator Hatch remind you of the grumpy bastard in group therapy who's only there to get a rise out of everyone else?

     

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    thecaptain, Jun 17th, 2004 @ 10:19am

    Re: Is it just me...

    more like the grumpy old coot on the corner who's going senile and lost all contact with reality.

    Only backed by mega corporate bucks.


    Does this man even PRETEND he works for the people anymore?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 17th, 2004 @ 11:55am

    No Subject Given

    Is it me or does the full title of this act suggest that there is such a thing as "lawful" child exploitation? hmm, I think they tried too hard to fit the acronym.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 18th, 2004 @ 9:35am

    Re: Is it just me...

    more like the grumpy old coot on the corner who's going senile and lost all contact with reality.
    And going around with a loaded gun.

     

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    plastic molding, May 16th, 2009 @ 3:43am

    wuxi?

    How's China printing industry developed this years, who can tell us? China based plastic injection molding services with low costs and supeior quality Steel and aluminum scaffolding for construction is a very useful tool.

     

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    China Tent, Oct 9th, 2010 @ 12:27am

    This is a good,common sense article.Very helpful to one who is just finding the resouces about this part.It will certainly help educate me.

     

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