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July 27, 2004

Induced by stupidity

If DMCA was bad wait till you get to know more about the Induce Act. In legalese terms it reads like this -

`(g)(1) In this subsection, the term `intentionally induces' means intentionally aids, abets, induces, or procures, and intent may be shown by acts from which a reasonable person would find intent to induce infringement based upon all relevant information about such acts then reasonably available to the actor, including whether the activity relies on infringement for its commercial viability.

`(2) Whoever intentionally induces any violation identified in subsection (a) shall be liable as an infringer.

`(3) Nothing in this subsection shall enlarge or diminish the doctrines of vicarious and contributory liability for copyright infringement or require any court to unjustly withhold or impose any secondary liability for copyright infringement.'.

In translation it means that the law would hold tech companies responsible for creating devices that could be used to pirate digital content.

With so much emphasis on the word "intent" once implemented this will cause a major chaos in the industry. Lawyers will have a field day that's for sure. Rumour has it that it will pass without hearing in the Congress.

July 27, 2004 in Emerging Technologies | Permalink


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