by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jul 27th 2007 5:13pm
Back in May, when US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales started pushing his ridiculous bill that would make copyright law much stronger we figured that it was simply Gonzales' way of actually doing something unrelated to the widespread scandals coming out of his office. Given that nearly all of Congress seemed pretty pissed off at Gonzales (which still seems true today), we didn't think anyone would actually introduce the proposed bill. However, there's always someone. Rep. Steven Chabot has introduced a bill that's very similar to what Gonzales proposed, including making "attempted copyright infringement" a criminal offense. It also increases the time copyright infringers can spend in jail. As the EFF notes, Chabot's bill goes even further than Gonzales' proposal in that it allows judges to apply statutory damages separately on each song of an album, rather than on the entire album (even as the recording industry only registers the copyrights on the entire album at a time). There are no co-sponsors to the bill and it seems unlikely to get very far, but it's disappointing that it's even been introduced at all. Why not head over to Washington Watch and give your opinion on the bill.
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