October 14, 2008

House Lights: The legislation that wouldn't die! (on either side of the border)

Ugh. The Anime News Network is the bearer of bad news:

On Monday, United States President George W. Bush signed into law the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act, which will allow authorities to seize property in civil copyright cases and will create an "Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator" position to oversee the government's efforts in copyright enforcement...

This means that if you're busted for Copyright violations in the States, you forfeit your equipment as well as your rights.

Meanwhile, Canada's Conservative Party wants to resurrect a tougher, meaner version of the States' own Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This one would not only increase the penalties for unauthorized downloads, but it would also make any declared "circumvention" of Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes illegal.

Don't go to sleep yet, not even with Canada's elections winding down. The battle's only just started.

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