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  U.S. “Induce Act” to Kill Innovation, Freedom  
Posted 2004-06-29 by Tony Walsh
Word from McLuhanite Mark is that iPods may become illegal in the U.S. if the "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act" is made official. The Act (as I understand it) makes it illegal to create, market, or otherwise aid/abet devices or methods that could be used to infringe on copyright. I'm not sure why this means such things as iPods and not personal computers, but hey, I'm no lawyer.

Luckily there are plenty of legal beagles at the EFF, who are reportedly concocting a Prelude to a Fake Complaint which could be filed against Apple, C|Net and Toshiba. I assume this is to show the stupidity of the Act, which could cost a company "up to $1,000,000 per month in legal fees alone."

Obviously there is no benefit to consumers or ratepayers in the Induce Act, making the Act a pretty blatant example of how corporations control the government.
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Comment posted by Tony Walsh
June 29, 2004 @ 1:17 pm
More on the Induce Act here:

The Register Dirty rotten inducers - the law the IT world deserves?
Weblogs.SiliconValley.Com How Copyright Policy Gets Twisted
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
June 29, 2004 @ 5:05 pm
Ernest Miller @ The Obsessively Annotated Introduction to the INDUCE Act.
Sweet linkage here.
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