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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Rep. Berman introduces anti-P2P bill this week

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Date sent:      	Mon, 8 Jul 2002 09:57:50 -0400
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
To:             	politech@politechbot.com
Subject:        	FC: Rep. Berman introduces anti-P2P bill this week -- but no hearing
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"More on Howard Berman's war on P2P networks"



   By Declan McCullagh
   July 8, 2002, 4:00 AM PT


   Rep. Howard Berman's war on peer-to-peer networks is about to

   Last month, the California Democrat said he was planning to
   introduce a bill to let copyright owners, such as record labels or
   movie studios, launch technological attacks against file-swapping
   networks where their wares are illegally traded.

   Details have been scarce so far, but an aide to Berman said the
   text of the proposal will be available early this week.

   Lobbyists opposed to Berman's bill had predicted a hearing on
   Thursday, but that's not going to happen. A spokeswoman for Berman
   said, "There is not a hearing scheduled at this moment. We're
   waiting for Mr. (Howard) Coble."

   Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) is the chairman of the House Judiciary
   subcommittee that oversees copyright law. Ed McDonald, a spokesman
   for Coble, said that his boss likes Berman's plan--but there wasn't
   enough time for a hearing before the summer recess is scheduled to
   begin on July 29.


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