The proposed Intellectual Property Act
of 2006 aims to crack down on digital copyright infringement and
stiff penalties will be imposed on the parties involved. According to
News.com, the new
draft legislation was created by the Bush administration and is
being backed be Representative Lamar Smith of Texas.
Not surprisingly, the RIAA is in favor of
the legislation. And it's not too hard to see why considering some of
the key points laid out in the legislation which include:
With recent efforts be made to scale
back the scope of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, this proposed
legislation flies in the face of leniency. From News.com:
Smith's measure would expand those
civil and criminal restrictions. Instead of merely targeting
distribution, the new language says nobody may "make, import,
export, obtain control of, or possess" such anticircumvention
tools if they may be redistributed to someone else.
"It's one degree more likely that
mere communication about the means of accomplishing a hack would be
subject to penalties," said Peter Jaszi, who teaches copyright
law at American University and is critical of attempts to expand it.