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A Closer Look At Florida's Attempt To De-Anonymize Websites

Law360, New York (March 20, 2015, 10:16 AM EDT) -- How can owners of audio-visual intellectual property effectively fight theft or unauthorized use of their property online if they cannot identify alleged violators? The Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would require all persons who “own[] or operate[] a website or online service dealing in substantial part in the electronic dissemination of commercial recordings or audiovisual works, directly or indirectly, to consumers in this state” to conspicuously publish the contact information of its owner.

The Florida legislation, currently known as Senate Bill 604/House Bill 271, or the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act,” would require websites owners to reveal their...

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