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November 11, 2005

DOJ Wants Criminal Penalties for Attempted Copyright Infringement

News reports on a speech made by Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez indicate that the DOJ is looking to congress to pass more laws protecting intellectual property.  The proposed Intellectual Property Protection Act draft would, among other things, criminalize activity that attempts copyright infringement; seize and destroy prirated goods, including the instrumentalities that made them possible; and any goods purchased with the proceeds from the pirating activity.

The law would also allow prosecutors to go after infringers when the work is not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.  Current law limits criminal actions to registered works.  Business and trade associations with heavy investments in intellectual property applauded the move, while consumer rights organizations came out against it.

Read more about it here.

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