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H.R.4279 PRO-IP Act of 2007, 110th Congress

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  • Latest Action: May 12, 2008 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary - Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on Judiciary - Commercial and Administrative Law

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on May 08, 2008, with a roll call of 410 ayes, 11 nays, and 12 not voting.

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  • 93% of users oppose H.R.4279

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On January 16, 2008, by wseltzer - This bill would burden the federal government with a new "Intellectual Property Enforcement Division," diverting the Justice Department's attention from more pressing enforcement matters. Federal enforcement further externalizes the cost of intellectual property from its rights-holders onto the general public. If IP protection costs too much for the rights-holders to bear themselves, perhaps it isn't worth its cost to society.

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      As noted by wseltzer, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 16, 2008, "This bill would burden the federal government with a new "Intellectual Property Enforcement Division," diverting the Justice Department's attention from more pressing enforcement matters. Federal enforcement further externalizes the cost of intellectual property from its rights-holders onto the general public. If IP protection costs too much for the rights-holders to bear themselves, perhaps it isn't worth its cost to society. "
    • On May 13, 2008, by Anonymous - This is a 'guilty until proven innocent' law. They take your equipment and / or house until they figure out whether or not you've stolen mp3s, software, etc? It's another example of having one special interest group, the RIAA, not getting enough out of it's court settlements so now it needs a law to take your house away... private property rights have been dying off for a while now. This is nothing new. I expect nothing less from the socialist environment that permeates our current government. Just wait until January 2008... it WILL get worse. Wait until the next administration announces the new "WAR ON IP THEFT"

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on May 13, 2008, "This is a 'guilty until proven innocent' law. They take your equipment and / or house until they figure out whether or not you've stolen mp3s, software, etc? It's another example of having one special interest group, the RIAA, not getting enough out of it's court settlements so now it needs a law to take your house away... private property rights have been dying off for a while now. This is nothing new. I expect nothing less from the socialist environment that permeates our current government. Just wait until January 2008... it WILL get worse. Wait until the next administration announces the new "WAR ON IP THEFT""
    • On January 16, 2008, by renbucholz - One might also ask why IP-related punishments need to be increased at all. Civil remedies are already grossly disproportionate and criminal remedies include jail time... is there a reason to divert resources toward this project? In response to wseltzer, I agree and worry further that IP "enforcement" can be *too* low. See, for example, the U.S. recording industry's actions against alleged infringers on P2P networks. Tens of thousands of "pre-litigation" letters later, the RIAA has grossed tens of millions of dollars. And none of it goes to the artists they represent. To me, this does not look like an industry in need of extra enforcement powers.

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      As noted by renbucholz, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 16, 2008, "One might also ask why IP-related punishments need to be increased at all. Civil remedies are already grossly disproportionate and criminal remedies include jail time... is there a reason to divert resources toward this project? In response to wseltzer, I agree and worry further that IP "enforcement" can be *too* low. See, for example, the U.S. recording industry's actions against alleged infringers on P2P networks. Tens of thousands of "pre-litigation" letters later, the RIAA has grossed tens of millions of dollars. And none of it goes to the artists they represent. To me, this does not look like an industry in need of extra enforcement powers."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Creators Of Intellectual Property Have An Economy Too !!! Please ... - January 15, 2009 by A Photographer's Blog - Creators Of Intellectual Property Have An Economy Too !!! Please Don’t Let The Orphan Works Bill Destroy It ! January 16, 2009 · No Comments. On January 14, I received an e-mail inviting me to submit my thoughts and ideas directly to ...

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      As noted by A Photographer's Blog on January 15, 2009, "Creators Of Intellectual Property Have An Economy Too !!! Please Don’t Let The Orphan Works Bill Destroy It ! January 16, 2009 · No Comments. On January 14, I received an e-mail inviting me to submit my thoughts and ideas directly to ..." (http://aphotographersblog.net/2009/01/16/creators-of-intellectual-property-have-an-economy-too-please-dont-let-the-orphan-works-bill-destroy-it/)
    • Current Status of the Dis-United States of America From around the ... - January 01, 2009 by Locust blog - H.R. 4279 or the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 which was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, will give the government draconian powers to do just this. ...

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      As noted by Locust blog on January 01, 2009, "H.R. 4279 or the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 which was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, will give the government draconian powers to do just this. ..." (http://whitelocust.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/current-status-of-the-dis-united-states-of-america-from-around-the-blog-o-sphere/)
    • alternatives_av: As America Collapses - December 28, 2008 by peace-international - H.R. 4279 or the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 which was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, will give the government draconian powers to do just this. ...

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      As noted by peace-international on December 28, 2008, "H.R. 4279 or the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 which was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, will give the government draconian powers to do just this. ..." (http://community.livejournal.com/alternatives_av/42954.html)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • US Chamber Commends Senate for Supporting Innovation by Passing IP ... - September 27, 2008 by ag-IP-news Agency, Jordan - Earlier this year, the US House of Representatives passed HR 4279, the “PRO-IP Act,” a similar bill championed by Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and ...

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      As noted by ag-IP-news Agency, Jordan on September 27, 2008, "Earlier this year, the US House of Representatives passed HR 4279, the “PRO-IP Act,” a similar bill championed by Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and ..." (http://www.ag-ip-news.com/GetArticle.asp?Art_ID=6361&lang=en)
    • L'allarme del giurista: il bavaglio su internet aspetta solo un ... - August 06, 2008 by MegaChip, Italy - I nostri governi hanno pagine e pagine di norme compilate per mettere le ganasce all'attuale Rete. provvedimenti quali il PRO-IP Act del 2007 /HR 4279, ...

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      As noted by MegaChip, Italy on August 06, 2008, "I nostri governi hanno pagine e pagine di norme compilate per mettere le ganasce all'attuale Rete. provvedimenti quali il PRO-IP Act del 2007 /HR 4279, ..." (http://www.megachip.info/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=7563)
    • Internet Censorship: The i-Patriot Act Waiting To Be Implemented? - August 06, 2008 by DigitalJournal.com, Canada - Legislation such as the PRO-IP Act of 2007: HR 4279, that would create an IP czar at the Department of Justice and the Intellectual Property Enforcement Act ...

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      As noted by DigitalJournal.com, Canada on August 06, 2008, "Legislation such as the PRO-IP Act of 2007: HR 4279, that would create an IP czar at the Department of Justice and the Intellectual Property Enforcement Act ..." (http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/258311)
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