House OKs Anti-Piracy Act

The House of Representatives on Sept. 28 passed the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004, considered one of the most important pieces of anti-piracy legislation to be approved by the 108th Cong

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Representatives on Sept. 28 passed the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004, considered one of the most important pieces of anti-piracy legislation to be approved by the 108th Congress. The bill now goes to the Senate floor for consideration.

The main provision of the bill, H.R. 4077, allows for the felony prosecution of egregious uploaders of unauthorized copyrighted files. The bill requires peer-to-peer services to post warning notices stating the legal dangers of file-sharing and provides for extra federal copyrght-enforcement funds and training programs.

The legislation contains an unrelated amendment approved by the Judiciary Commitee on Sept. 8. The so-called Family Movie Act allows companies to remove sexual, violent or other adult scenes from movies and offer a sanitized version for sale without fear of being prosecuted for copyright infringement.

Companies using the ClearPlay software, which enables such editing of movies, are now involved in lawsuits filed by directors and movie studios.

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