U.S. Senate Committee Approves New Net Copyright Bill

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The United States Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, which includes a section that would allow the Justice Department to bring civil lawsuits against intellectual property infringers on behalf of content owners. In the proposed law which now goes before the full Senate, any restitution imposed by the lawsuits would be given to the intellecutal property owners as compensation. After receiving complaints from consumer groups and privacy advocates, the committee did revise other sections in the bill to limit the use of information seized during an infringement investigation. The advocates noted that certain provisions allow for seizure of "property used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part to commit or facilitate" a copyright or trademark infringement" — which broadly interpreted, could apply to computers used for file-sharing video and audio content.

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Source: Ars Technica

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