House panel moves to criminalize spyware, net piracy
People who illegally share copyrighted music and movies over the Internet could be jailed for up to five years under a bill approved by a powerful
congressional panel today.
The Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004 is one of a handful of measures gathering steam in Congress that target the practice of Internet file sharing, which record companies blame for playing a part in a $2 billion dollar decline in yearly CD sales since 2000. The House Judiciary Committee
approved the measure by voice vote, clearing it for debate in the full House.
"This piracy harms everyone from those looking for legitimate uses of content to those who create it," said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one of the bill's
authors, ahead of today's vote. "We must not let new Internet technology become a haven for criminals."
By David McGuire at SecurityFocus.
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