It looks like Hollywood is making one last ditch lame duck hail mary pass to try to get all of the legislation they want passed while Orrin Hatch is still head of the Senate Judiciary Committee. There's an effort to quickly push through the Intellectual Property Protection Act, which basically rolls up all the bad Hollywood legislation into one. The idea is to get it approved quickly without too much discussion as everyone's attention is elsewhere. Among the features of the bill (many of which you'll recognize from previous ridiculous bills) are giving the Justice Department the ability to file civil suits concerning copyright infringement (basically playing the role of Hollywood's private enforcement agency with public money), banning any kind of unauthorized file sharing and throwing anyone caught with a video camera in a movie theater into jail for three years. Then, of course, there's the personal favorite: banning commercial skipping. Considering that one entertainment exec accused anyone who got up to go to the bathroom during commercials of stealing TV, apparently Hollywood really does believe that the government should force their obsolete business model back into place. What's scary, is that some politicians seem willing to do so.
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