June 20, 2006

My Tax Dollars At Work [4:11 pm]

US says progress made in fighting piracy - pdf

Officials with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights advocacy group, said they understood the government’s desire to prosecute commercial piracy but questioned the need for more expansive laws targeting such acts as “attempted” piracy.

“The legal changes that DOJ is seeking are completely outrageous and legally unjustifiable,” EFF staff attorney Fred von Lohmann said. “Those changes are intended to make it possible to criminally convict someone without having to prove that actual copy infringement took place. There’s no evidence here that we need to make it any easier to throw a person in jail than it is to sue them for money for infringement.”

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