New Bill Injects FBI Into P2P Battle
from the when-do-they-go-after-jaywalkers dept
Howard Berman (the Democratic Congressman from Disney) has introduced a new bill that would basically let the entertainment industry pretend they were FBI agents in dealing with copyright questions. The plan calls for the FBI to develop a “warning” that includes the FBI symbol, that copyright holders could “issue” to anyone they thought was violating copyrights. So, if you’re an average person, and a document shows up with the FBI symbol on it, you’re going to assume that it’s coming from the FBI – which it isn’t. The bill also would require the FBI to get more active in enforcing copyright law. This is, once again, showing a bit of disconnect between what the government and its citizens think. Considering most people think that downloading music is no worse than jaywalking, it seems a bit beyond their wishes to have the FBI breaking down doors on music downloaders.