Monday, May 12, 2008

RIAA starts buying laws

This is the courtesy of those who can buy laws: Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles has passed a city ordinance that authorizes civil fines for copyright infringement. If a property in LA is used for copyright piracy (since the RIAA/MPAA bought this legislation, they didn't feel any need to include patent piracy as well), the property can be padlocked for a year and a $1,000 fine slapped for each pirated work produced. See
The Board of Supervisors did not agree to add an extra penalty for convicted pirates - having to read one law review article or court decision involving the idea/expression dichotomy for each act of piracy - city lawyers argued that was cruel and unusual punishment.

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