Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




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.

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jun 2003 @ 6:36pm

    Stepping on the Tiger's tail

    Might want to watch your wording about "pretending to be FBI agents", because no major corporation is going to do that. The quickest way to earn the anger of FBI agents is pretending to be one of them.

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      Mike (profile), 20 Jun 2003 @ 6:38pm

      Re: Stepping on the Tiger's tail

      I think it's pretty clearly explained in the article. If they're hadning out "warnings" with the FBI seal on it, don't you think the recipients will think they're getting them from the FBI?

      It's not my language that's the problem, but this bill.

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        Anonymous Coward, 20 Jun 2003 @ 6:45pm

        Re: Stepping on the Tiger's tail

        That's a pretty different statement. Videos already show the FBI seal when issuing the standard warning message, but people know the FBI does not produce videos.

        But just as a friendly warning, law enforcement does have special treatment in store for people who state or imply being one of them. It violates their sacred brotherhood.

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          Mike (profile), 20 Jun 2003 @ 6:53pm

          Re: Stepping on the Tiger's tail

          Who are you warning?

          Anyway, all videos have the FBI warning at the beginning. That's different.

          This is a special warning to send to those who are "suspected" of file trading. And it comes directly from the copyright holders *with* the FBI seal. If I received something directed at me, that included the FBI seal, I sure as hell would assume it was coming from the FBI.

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            Anonymous Coward, 20 Jun 2003 @ 7:04pm

            Re: Stepping on the Tiger's tail

            The Bureau won't be satisfied unless any such letter makes it clear it does not come from the FBI. That's if this bill passes. The congressmen are setting themselves up for making enemies either way.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Jun 2003 @ 10:08pm

    At least it doesn't have the FBI setting children

    Let's look on the bright side. At least the RIAA isn't asking for the FBI's right to incenerate children -- yet.

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