P2P foes defend hacking bill

Friday, 27 September 2002, 3:39 PM EST

Supporters of a proposed law that would permit copyright holders to assail peer-to-peer networks angrily defended it on Thursday, saying it had been mischaracterised by opponents.

During the first congressional hearing on the bill, repsresentive Howard Berman, and Howard Coble, a South Carolina Republican, denounced critics' "scare tactics" and said their proposal was a modest plan that had been carefully crafted to reduce piracy on peer-to-peer networks.

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