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Congressman Lamar Smith on pirates and piracy
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-06-20
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Source: Mi2N - June 19, 2002

"One could complete a transatlantic voyage today without ever spotting a pirate ship," keenly observes Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX).

There's no denying it. Unless one is in Asia, of course.

Be that as it may, he also points out, "Most people would say that pirates no longer exist, unless you count the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland. Unfortunately, it isn't true. Pirates still exist, but they aren't like the pirates of the past."

Also absolutely correct, and Smith goes on: "These modern day thieves are engaged in the theft of intellectual property."

But he hasn't merely made the connection between the brigands of yesteryear and modern day thieves; he's going to do something about it.

"Colleges and universities are prime locations for illegal downloads," he declares. "Students are both technologically savvy and primary consumers of music, video games and movies. Forty percent of students surveyed at two public universities admitted to having pirated software."

The Smith solution? He'll, "introduce legislation to update and strengthen the federal criminal code, which currently makes it a crime to traffic in counterfeit labels or copies of certain forms of intellectual property, but not authentication features.

"My legislation will also criminalize trafficking in counterfeit music, movies and other audiovisual works and it will give victims of intellectual property theft an opportunity to recover damages in federal court.

"As we secure critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, we must not fail to secure copyrighted products from cyber theft, too."

Is Congressman Smith related to Dan Quayle, one wonders?

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