The MPAA's happy. The RIAA's happy. They say:
Additional tools for intellectual property enforcement are not just good for the copyright community but for consumers who will enjoy a wider array of legitimate offerings.
But Public Knowledge said:
The Pro-IP bill was not necessary. It simply adds penalties to a copyright regime that already is out of balance.Whose right? Read the H.R. 4279 for yourself. And think of this - how many times have you inadvertently broken the law recently, thinking that by purchasing a recording or movie you were allowed to use it as you pleased.
Looking over the roll call vote, I see that Rick Boucher, the Representative from my native commonwealth Virginia who "gets" the Internet, voted Nay. As for my representative, Eric Cantor? "Aye."
Aye-yi-yi! Time for another letter to my congresscritters!
Day 119 of the WJMA Web Watch.