Billboard.biz has learned that on Thursday (Sept. 2), the U.S. Copyright Office sent a "talking points" redraft of the pending Induce Act to opponents of the wording of the original bill.

Billboard.biz has learned that on Thursday (Sept. 2), the U.S. Copyright Office sent a "talking points" redraft of the pending Induce Act to opponents of the wording of the original bill.

The Office asked for comments on the re-draft by this afternoon (Sept. 7). The Office, which doesn't endorse the rewrite, incorporated many of the changes requested by opponents to make the bill more tailored to snagging peer-to-peer networks acting in bad faith.

The bill, S. 2560, would enable artists and labels to sue P2P services that profit by
"inducing" consumers to illegally share protected copyrighted works. Members of the electronics and Internet communities oppose the bill, saying it would snare innocent parties and stifle innovation.

The re-draft version makes clear violators would have to be guilty of "overt" acts and acts that are "actively interfering with copyright holders' efforts to detect infringing uses of dissemination technology and enforce their copyright against those uses."

Co-sponsors of the bill also gave the Office two extra days to file its re-draft recommendation report. It has been extended to Sept. 9.