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RIAA applauds peer-to-peer hacking bill as "innovative approach"



Previous Politech message:
"Peer-to-peer hacking bill officially introduced in House"
http://www.politechbot.com/p-03795.html

Text of bill:
http://www.politechbot.com/docs/berman.coble.p2p.final.072502.pdf

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 From Hilary Rosen, Chairman and CEO, RIAA:

"We applaud Congressman Berman for introducing bipartisan legislation that
takes an innovative approach to combating the serious problem of Internet
piracy.  Online piracy undermines the growth of legitimate music sites and
hurts all consumers in the long run -- every dollar lost to piracy is a
dollar that cannot be invested in the fresh, new artists we have all come
to expect and enjoy.

"The current landscape for online music is dangerously one-sided, with the
peer-to-peer pirates enjoying an unfair advantage.  It makes sense to
clarify existing laws to ensure that copyright owners -- those who actually
take the time and effort to create an artistic work -- are at least able to
defend their works from mass piracy.  We look forward to working with
Congressman Berman, Chairman Coble and other members of Congress on this
important initiative."




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