SOURCE: Digital Freedom

December 06, 2007 10:25 ET

Enforcement Bill Could Be the Beginning of Copyright Reform Conversation

Criminal Piracy Enforcement Bill Introduced in House

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - December 6, 2007) - Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today could be a catalyst in the ongoing effort to reform laws governing copyrighted intellectual property in the United States. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007, introduced by Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), would clarify language in current copyright law and enhance penalties for infringement and establish an office of U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Representative to serve as an adviser to the president. A hearing on this bill has been tentatively scheduled in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property next week.

"All sides of the copyright debate agree that reform of current copyright law is needed, and any legislation that starts that conversation is welcome," said Maura Corbett of the Digital Freedom Campaign. "But any reform to copyright law must recognize the important balance between the rights of copyright holders to protect their intellectual property and the rights of artists, musicians and filmmakers to innovate, create new works, and make full use of lawfully acquired digital content. As set out in H.R. 1201, the FAIR USE Act, copyright reform must include limits on statutory damages and the codification of the vital principles of fair use. The Digital Freedom Campaign strongly opposes commercial piracy and supports every effort to counter its effects, and we hope this bill will serve as a catalyst to larger, more meaningful reform."

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