Bill in Congress Would Make File Sharing a Federal Crime

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 09:05
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The second-to-last paragraph in this AP story brings an interesting new perspective to Congress’ INDUCE bill.

One technologist on Penn professor David J. Farber’s Interesting People mailing list noted tartly, “if INDUCE [the bill's original name, under which it is commonly known] is passed into law, we’ll have the curious situationwhere it will be illegal to share a file or (possibly) own an iPod, but legal to own a military assault rifle. I admit to not tracking the statistics closely, but I didn’t realize that so many people were being killed with iPods.”


The second-to-last paragraph in this AP story brings an interesting new perspective to Congress’ INDUCE bill.

One technologist on Penn professor David J. Farber’s Interesting People mailing list noted tartly, “if INDUCE [the bill's original name, under which it is commonly known] is passed into law, we’ll have the curious situationwhere it will be illegal to share a file or (possibly) own an iPod, but legal to own a military assault rifle. I admit to not tracking the statistics closely, but I didn’t realize that so many people were being killed with iPods.”

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