Orrin Hatch's Other Ridiculous Copyright Bill Passes The Senate

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It seems that Orrin Hatch is involved in just about every bizarre anti-consumer, pro-Hollywood piece of legislation these days. Just days after introducing his absolutely ridiculous and dangerous INDUCE act, Hatch’s PIRATE Act has passed the Senate without debate and via a voice vote, so there’s no record of which of your Senators just agreed to take your tax money to fight Hollywood’s battles. If you don’t remember, the PIRATE Act would let the FBI work on civil cases against copyright infringers. In other words, cases that should be between two private parties, will now be handled by the federal government, using your tax money. There’s simply no justification for this, other than some Senators wanting to pay back their entertainment industry backers by doing their legal work for them — using your money.

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