Rep. Lamar Smith to Head House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual
Lamar Smith (R-Tx), a lawyer from San Antonio, Texas, is the new chairman of
the House Judiciary subcommittee on courts, the Internet and intellectual
By an amazing coincidence, last year he sponsored legislation to,
"criminalize trafficking in counterfeit music, movies and other audiovisual
works," among other things.
At the time, he observed, "One could complete a transatlantic voyage today
without ever spotting a pirate ship."
One could indeed, Lamar.
Smith said the subcommittee will handle legislation dealing with digital
rights, copyright and patent protections, secure networks, p2p networks,
fair use standards, litigation management, cyber-security, state sovereign
immunity, patent and trademark office reform and e-commerce which oversees
issues including digital rights, online piracy, the Internet and
And, of course, online piracy.
He takes over from Howard Coble, dearly beloved of the RIAA (Recording
Industry Association of America) and other Hollywood trade organs.
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