July 22, 2004

*Sigh* [6:48 pm]

A number of people have posted on the IICA/INDUCE Act hearing today, and I’ve been too terribly busy today to post a lot — but there’s a piece of Sen. Leahy’s statement that points to what makes us all so uneasy:

While I understand that some have concerns with the specifics our legislation, I say to you this: work with us. No one wants to undermine the iPod, but we must recognize that some people use peer-to-peer technology in ways that are wrong and illegal

Note what Sen Leahy himself is saying — the laws that we are coming up with to penalize already illegal actions additionally run the risk of undermining the iPod; help us fix them. (See also Techdirt’s Senator Hatch: It May Be Wrong, But It Needs To Be Done)

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