Tech Companies Oppose Copyright Inducement Bill At Senate Hearing

Law360, New York (July 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. Senate bill that would allow copyright holders to sue creators of products that "induce" copyright violations would discourage technological innovation, representatives for U.S. technology companies claimed at a hearing Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004, which enjoys broad support among entertainment companies, would make technology companies liable for any product that "intentionally aids, abets or induces" consumers to violate copyright laws.

The bill calls for penalties of up to $30,000 for each copyright infringement and up...
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