Expect some unhappy House lawmakers to offer amendments to the pending H.R. 4077 when it comes before the full Judiciary Committee after the Easter recess.

WASHINGTON--Expect some unhappy House lawmakers to offer amendments to the pending H.R. 4077 when it comes before the full Judiciary Committee after the Easter recess.

The bill's key provision would authorize the Department of Justice to go after big-time filesharers with felony charges, and would slap 10-year jail terms on repeat offenders using P2P for commercial advantage or financial gain.

Surprisingly, legislators who usually champion "fair-use" copyright views when it comes to peer-to-peer services voted in favor of the main provision, passed by the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property March 31.

What they want to change is another provision supported by the record industry that would allocate millions to create a public service copyright education program within the FBI.

"There would be no way to draw the line and say 'no' to the next interest group that wants a DOJ tax-funded education campaign against, say, drug trafficking or bank robbery," Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va. tells ELW.

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