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Texas Law Man Wants the FBI to Regulate Music Production
By Moses Avalon
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2003-08-12
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A recent bill introduced to the House Judiciary subcommittee, (H.R. 2517, sponsored by Representative Lamar Smith, R-TX) would allow the Federal Bureau of Investigations to monitor those composers and record producers who use elements acquired on the Internet in their music recordings.

The bill suggests that because material protected by copyright is so easily obtainable over the Internet, there needs to be a way to monitor the distribution of content that may end up being infringed upon. Smith's bill would allow the FBI to investigate and "deter" the use of this material. It's presumed that this "monitoring" would lead to arrests.

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Several special interest groups are fighting the bill. Mainly, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA): "The bill as written is troubling for consumers on multiple levels," said CEA President Gary Shapiro. "First, it suggests that any 'unauthorized' home recording is criminal conduct if the content is obtained from the Internet.

Move over RIAA, there's a new sheriff in town, and he has a bigger gun.


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