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Lawmakers to vote on spyware, piracy bills

A House committee is set to consider two bills meant to combat spyware and piracy.

A House of Representatives committee said on Friday that it has scheduled a vote on bills related to spyware and piracy next week. The Judiciary committee plans to meet Wednesday to consider the Internet Spyware Prevention Act (ISPA) and the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act (PDEA).

Both are controversial. ISPA is designed to head off a more regulatory alternative loathed by Silicon Valley but backed by key politicians. PDEA has drawn fire from consumer groups because it would boost penalties for peer-to-peer piracy and increase federal police powers against Internet copyright infringement.