P.L. 110-403, The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 (21 comments ↓ | 9 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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S. 3325 would enhance remedies for violations of intellectual property laws.

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September 12, 2008, 10:03am (report abuse)

I wonder how much 'quality' time Sen. Leahy spent with executives from the entertainment industry.

The justice department is/was not meant to be the private police of the entertainment industry.


September 12, 2008, 10:12am (report abuse)

These guys coulndt be paid off could they? No way!

Honest Abe

September 12, 2008, 10:52am (report abuse)

Once again, I'm simply disappointed in the lack of representation for the people in government. When did we become a country for the corporation, by the corporation? Such petty grievances should not be the concern of a governing body.


September 12, 2008, 10:57am (report abuse)

Best government money can buy. The Senators need money for re-election, drugs, hookers, gifts to boyfriends, etc. Anyone who thinks the government cares about citizens is seriously deluded. It is government for the corporations, not the peopleY


September 12, 2008, 11:43am (report abuse)

This is embarrasing as a US citizen. Are none of my "inalienable" rights sacred anymore?


September 12, 2008, 1:04pm (report abuse)

This reflects just one more way the Democrat's obsession with government control over our lives.


September 12, 2008, 1:35pm (report abuse)

It's absurd that a business can buy government protection to AVOID innovating and evolving in the marketplace. I guess you have to get money from consumers one way or another...whether by providing them the content they want in a convenient package for a good price, or by ignoring the market signs and suing everyone, rather than adapt. I won't buy CDs anymore, I'll spend my money at concerts, where it actually supports the ones who DO innovate. I refuse to prop up an industry that abuses consumers and buys off the government.

fading patriot

September 12, 2008, 3:36pm (report abuse)

I feel that by even considering this bill, the government we have in place has essentially spit in the face of its people. I know that money talks, but this is obscene. I know that it is hard to let go of a profitable business, but like other models that have adapted over the years, the RIAA and MPAA should adapt or fade away. I truly hope that with a little support the people we voted for will listen and vote against this bill when the time comes.

Josh Taylor

September 12, 2008, 3:40pm (report abuse)

I read this bill and it's very similar to HR 4279. This bill is going to make the economy much worser. I just heard it on Anime News Network.


September 12, 2008, 5:37pm (report abuse)

Wow, thank Mr. Leahy, your wallet must be getting nice and fat. Meanwhile, the US economy is imploding, an economic depression is coming, and all Leahy can think of is to take more taxpayer money and use it raid our homes, steal our computers, and give the proceeds to his corporate friends at the RIAA and MPAA. Is anyone else sick and tired of all this greed and malice coming out of DC? It's disgusting.

Shawn B

September 12, 2008, 6:57pm (report abuse)

This doesn't surprise me at all when added to the picture of other IP related issues (MPAA, RIAA, the patent system, and trademark issues). Has anyone read Atlas Shrugged lately? The parallels are very surprising and much more noticeable now than they were 50 years ago when it was published.


September 16, 2008, 5:24pm (report abuse)

I think your plea for different viewpoints on this bill are destined to go unanswered. Not because of a popular, well-written blog as you suggested, but purely on the merits of the legislation itself (of which there are none)


September 26, 2008, 7:47pm (report abuse)

"When did we become a country for the corporation, by the corporation? "

When we gave these artificial entities the same rights as living people. A corp should license from patent holders, not hold them. And corps can sue people?? WTF!!!

Strip these artificial entities of the rights they so don't deserve.


September 26, 2008, 7:48pm (report abuse)

Oh joy, yet another shining example of irrefutable proof that every single last S.O.B in Congress is a corrupt waste of existence. This bill does nothing but help corporate America pinch more money out of the coffers of the hard-working everyday citizen. I can only hope that our economy does fail, and so badly that these bastards are affected just the same. Your business models are failing because you’re too god damned ignorant to face the reality that times have changed, and soon enough the outraged public hopefully will respond.

However, (continued...)


September 26, 2008, 7:51pm (report abuse)

(..cont.) I guess we’ll have to wait and see about that. This country is so scared of its own shadow at the slightest hint of danger we’ll revoke everyone’s Constitutional rights, damn near abolish the thing entirely, and let any fool masquerade about so long as they have a uniform and\or title indicative of authority. Last time I checked, the good people in charge of our security forces aren’t the most intelligent people around, and their ability to differentiate between threat and irritant is about as good as a dog’s ability to differentiate between its own tail and the cat next door; both needlessly chasing around nothing more than constant nuisances that have always been right in front of their face. If you support this bill you support the idea that I can walk into your home and take every piece of art off your wall because someone other than the original artist created the work. So please, let your support be known.


September 28, 2008, 6:34pm (report abuse)

You are all outraged by how much the corporations are taking from your pockets but who put that money there? My guess - corporations that pay you for your labors. So why can't I, as a creator, get paid for my labor by every one of you freaks?

"Inalienable rights", huh? Those are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. It doesn't say The Realization of happiness, and it also doesn't say Lots of Free Sh*t.


October 1, 2008, 12:14am (report abuse)

recording artists get about 10 percent when you buy their cd, corporations get the lion's share, tell me thats right.


October 2, 2008, 4:48am (report abuse)

"Inalienable rights", huh? And what about my consumer rights?

Can I buy government protection for those?


October 6, 2008, 10:36am (report abuse)

Kevin, this bill was passed by 205 Dems and 176 GOPs. The Nays were 22 Dems and 19 GOPs. This is all about government control - Not Dem control. Let's get a grip and let the blame fall where it belongs.


October 26, 2008, 2:51pm (report abuse)

Think about it. If there is an author of musical works whose works have been infringed on by the likes of Jackson, Wonder, Clapton, Seal, Mike Post, Santana, Stevie being a repeat offender, and the victims of these infringements could never afford an attorney to pursue a copyright infringement case, where else does the victim have to go but to our government for relief? I write, knowing that this has been the case.


December 13, 2008, 8:16pm (report abuse)

Severe actions by the public like jury nullification has to begin. Both Directv and the RIAA have sued those they knew were innocent. When you sue an innocent person you have had to lie in the court complaint. The act of lying in a court complaint to force settlement money is a crime. The victim of that crime then asks government to protect them against the fraudulent filing. The plea oif the crime victim falls on deaf ears. Justice does nothing to assist in arresting directv or RIAA for fraudulent court filing for gains. In order to put Justice on the right side of the law and protect innocent people, people need to do just what justice has done in these cases. Ignore Justice. The next time you are a Juror or a witness, ignore justice just like justice has done to those innocent people sued by directv and the RIAA. When enough jurors and witness ignore justice, then justice will have to get back to there job of protecting innocent people from such fraudulent lawsuits.

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