Copyright Enforcement Bill Passes

(Ping! Zine) – Last Thursday, new legislation was unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that gives law enforement the right to seek forfeiture of property used in copyright infringement.

Reports also say that the PRO-IP Act (Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act) would expand the U.S. Department of Justice, which would provide grants to law enforcement agencies for fighting computer crimes and  for combating copyright infringement.

Enforcement of the bill will grant both civil and criminal forfeitures of property that was used to commit copyright infringement.

The Recording Industry Association of America recently applauded the House for passing the controversial bill.

RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol released a statement saying, “We are proud to lend our voice to the chorus of supporters of this important bipartisan legislation.  In a world where hackers and copyright thieves are able to take down websites, rip off American consumers and rake in huge profits operating rogue businesses built on the backs of the American creative community, the committee has taken a strong step toward fostering a more safe and secure online experience for consumers.

“With this first vote, Congress has begun to strike at the lifeline of foreign scam sites, while protecting free speech and boosting the legal online marketplace.  We congratulate Chairman Leahy and Senator Hatch for their leadership on this bill and to the Senate Judiciary Committee for its action today.”