PRO IP and you
A lot is being made of H.R. 4279, referred to as PRO IP. Depending on who you ask, it either makes felons out of anyone who listens to music on the internet. Or, it does nothing more than create more beauracracy in DC. After reading it, I tend to side with the latter. However, it does create a federal position to prosecute college kids downloading music whereas that was left to NIAA in the past. The bill is authored by John Conyers. Where are the Big Brother chants? I CAN’T HEAR YOU!
I’m gonna try something here. I have no clue how well this work. Supposedly I can embed and track this legislation. So, here goes:
In the meantime, the legislation technically modifies existing code. In other words, it’s not really doing anything that hasn’t been done other than staffing the enforcement of whatever it was in the past and raising the penalties. However, don’t take my word on that as it is confusing and vague. If you are concerned about this further invasion into your civil liberties that has gone almost entirely ignored, ask for clarification from the person who authored it. That would be John Conyers.
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