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"Pirate Act" is something worth watching

Not just the RIAA, but the U.S. Department of Justice may now go after file swappers. A related event is the continuing buzz over DeCSS and the software by 321 Studios called DVD XCopy and the recent events in that court case. Since the link is a CNET story I think it should have been OK to post the whole article, but not knowing mods' feelings on that for sure you will have to follow the link.


Last modified: May 26, 2004, 4:00 AM PDT
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

File swappers concerned about getting in trouble with record labels over illegal downloads may soon have a major new worry: the U.S. Department of Justice.

A proposal that the Senate may vote on as early as next week would let federal prosecutors file civil lawsuits against suspected copyright infringers, with fines reaching tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The so-called Pirate Act is raising alarms among copyright lawyers and lobbyists for peer-to-peer firms, who have been eyeing the recording industry's lawsuits against thousands of peer-to-peer users with repidation. The Justice Department, they say, could be
far more ambitious.
(more at page)

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The DeCSS controversy, both sides.

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DeCSS is the software that decrypts the CSS on movie DVD's and was originally released so that Linux users could view movie DVD's on Linux based computers. Since then it was incorporated into some softwares, the one by 321 Studios being the more famous of them, and used for making personal copies and allegedly some "illegal" copies. Ever since the release of DeCSS it's been under legal attack. The article below that explains why they think the software shouldn't be illegal is interesting and makes some good points.


The case filed against 2600.com by various members of RIAA over 2600 distributing copies of DeCSS.


The above page gives their reasons why DeCSS should be legal for users.

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What about Aliens aka Non-Citizens under this Act? Anyone know?

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This Pirate Act is intended to take a weaker legal hit at "pirates" using civil rather than criminal prosecutions. What if the person is an illegal alien or here on a green card? Does it mean they would face deportation or not? Anyone know?

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Re:What about Aliens aka Non-Citizens under this Act? Anyone know?

The Immigration and Nationality Act provides many types of relief from removal (deportation) as such:

1. Waivers of excludability and deportability;
2. Cancellation of removal for permanent residents;
3. Cancellation of removal for non-permanent residents;
4. Suspension of deportation;
5. Adjustment of status to permanent residence;
6. Asylum and withholding of deportation;
7. Legalization and registry.
8. Last but not least, Voluntary departure.

There is a green card lottery too eh!

The quite recent Patriotic Acts intertwines with the many changes in INS Laws especially after 9-11. Again, there is no guarantee.

Retain the best and credible immigration lawyer I suppose.

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Re: Pirates of the Carribbean, is it?

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Hongkong, the mother of all Pirates and Label Immitations.

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