Groups Urge Big Changes For Copyright Bill

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-08-30 Print this article Print

Consumer Electronics Association and public interest groups recommend amendments for copyright bill.

The Consumer Electronics Association, the American Library Association, Public Knowledge and, along with other technology and consumer groups last week responded to a request from a Senate committee to submit changes to a copyright bill that would hold technology companies liable for encouraging people to infringe copyright.

The groups recommend amending the legislation so "only someone who distributes a commercial computer program that is specifically designed for wide-scale piracy on digital networks could be held liable for copyright violations."

During a July Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed bill, Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, testified that the copyright bill would seriously hamper the development of new technologies.

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