H.R. 4077 Piracy Deterrence in Education
The standards in the proposed bill are far too vague, and could include material stored on computers and shared on networks. The bill is a departure from existing copyright principles and could have a number of unforeseen consequences. Example: use of innovative music sharing feature of Appleâ€™s popular and legal iTunes program would be made a crime. : Traditionally, to enforce criminal copyright infringement, the copyrighted work needs to be registered with the Copyright Office. Under Section 6 of HR4077, in conjunction with S. 2237, â€œThe PIRATE Act,â€ the Justice Department could pursue a copyright infringement claim, regardless of whether the work was registered.
S. 2237 The Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation (PIRATE) Act
We believe that is an inappropriate use of federal funds to enforce private rights of action. Passed Senate June 25, 2004 under unanimous consent. Passed the Senate June 25, 2004.
S. 1932 The Artists’ Rights and Theft Prevention Act of 2004 (ART Act)
Fair use protections guaranteed under copyright law would not apply.
H.R. 4586 The Family Movie Act
The entertainment community has hijacked the provision affirming the right of consumers to skip over objectionable material and turned it against consumers and the tech community. Now, the affirmative right to watch and skip parts of the content that a consumer has legally obtained only exists if certain conditions are met: no commercial or promotional ads may be skipped. Additionally, technology manufacturers must provide a notice at the beginning each showing stating that â€œthe motion picture is altered from the performance intended by the director or copyright holder of the motion picture.â€ This sets the functionality of the everyday VCR and TiVo on its head.”
With these things having passed the Senate and House, and on to the President’s desk, I figured this information might be good to bring up again.
After reading the Public Knowledge website’s analysis, all I can say is:
I don’t know about you but I feel violated. Fair use is further being stripped away, as well as our ability to skip past commercials and advertisements.
Doesn’t this legislation make you all warm and fuzzy inside. Hmmm……
* title sounds like it would be a good thing, right?
NOTE: Originally posted: April 2005 (recreated from mangled original bambismusings.blogspot.com)