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House takes on piracy, 'video voyeurism'

House of Representatives approves legislation aimed at curbing software piracy and stopping "video voyeurism."

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Tuesday legislation aimed at curbing software piracy and stopping "video voyeurism." The first bill makes it a crime to sell "counterfeit labels" attached to copyrighted material including DVDs, CDs or computer programs. The second bill, already approved by the Senate, punishes those who "capture an image of a private area of an individual without their consent."

"With the development of smaller cameras and the instantaneous distribution capability of the Internet, the issue of video voyeurism is a huge privacy concern," House Judiciary chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., said after the vote on the second bill.