U.S. President Bush signs tougher anti-piracy law

“President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a bill that would stiffen penalties on movie and music piracy at the federal level,” Diane Bartz reports for Reuters.

Don’t steal music. – Apple

Bartz reports, “The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally… The law also toughens criminal laws against piracy and counterfeiting.”

“The Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America backed the bill, as did the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” Bartz reports.

Full article here.

292 Comments

  1. When are these chowderheads going to get it? Content providers no longer control the content they create. Anti-piracy measures don’t work. The only way to combat piracy is to offer unrestricted content that is easily accessed and reasonably priced because the majority of people who can afford to pay WILL pay if it’s not too much hassle.

  2. Dumbya just stated today that he has a lot left to accomplish in his last 100 days in office. Hasn’t he done enough damage? He’s taken more vacation than any president in history – can’t he just take the last 100 days off and put himself out of our misery???

  3. Forget the kids. They steal music because they can’t afford it. Before peer-to-peer they copied CDs, before CDs they copied records onto tape, before records they copied sheet music and played it on guitars.

    The focus should be on getting the adults who can afford it to pay. And they will pay when it is easily able to be purchased. I am sick of the number of times I have gone to purchase music and found it cannot be purchased from a site because it is unable from that store, or from that country, or only in album format, etc. Get this fixed and then prosecute the rich white adult pirates who can afford to pay but don’t, or the street pirates. Don’t pick on the poor and defenceless you pansies.

  4. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally

    Translated: federally sanctioned DRM.

    Would’ve Obama signed this bill?

  5. Would Obama sign this? Would Obama hang out with terrorists? Of course he would. Socialists want gov’t control of everything. You think W was bad… the next 4 years will be a real hoot.

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