Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

White House wants new copyright law crackdown

The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making "illegal streaming" of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers.

In a 20-page white paper (PDF), the Obama administration called on the U.S. Congress to fix "deficiencies that could hinder enforcement" of intellectual property laws.
The new wiretap law would be an expansion of the Patriot Act, which was passed to fight terrorism. Pres. Obama is proposing wiretaps to prosecute the watching of pirate YouTube videos.

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