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GrumpySteen

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Here's how some of our officials think some of it should be spent...

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the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 would double statutory damages for counterfeiting, with damages as high as $2 million for "willful" trademark violations. It also empowers the president to appoint an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (or "copyright czar"), who would develop a "joint strategic plan" meant to harmonize the IP enforcement efforts of diverse federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, Patent Office, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security. The Attorney General is directed to deploy five further IPECs as liaisons to foreign countries where piracy is rampant, and to establish a dedicated IP task force within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The law also appropriates $25 million annually for grants to state and local government agencies working to crack down on IP violations.

In short, the RIAA and MPAA will no longer have to investigate and sue everyone in sight. Your tax dollars (if you're a US citizen) pay for government officials to do that for them and, if they find someone guilty, they can now

The bill was approved by the Senate judiciary committee and will now be sent to the full Senate to be voted on. Now's your chance to complain if you're going to.

That said, I have mixed feelings about this.

On the one hand, it sucks that we would be paying for the RIAA's war against file sharing and our government cares even less about following legal procedure once they get on a power trip.

On the other hand, it's entirely possible that these officials will be about as active as the FCC in investigating things, which could result in almost nobody getting investigated, much less charged.

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