The Copyright Tail Wags the Internet Dog: Episode 39

I haven’t had time to examine this in detail, but the Administration’s just-released “White Paper on Intellectual Property Enforcement” looks like a real horror show of major proportions. It contains the Administration’s legislative recommendations regarding a series of Intellectual Property matters, including recommendations to:

“Increase the U.S. Sentencing Guideline range for repeat intellectual property offenders”
“Clarify that, in appropriate circumstances, infringement by streaming, or by means of other similar new technology, is a felony”
“Create a right of public performance for copyright owners for sound recordings transmitted by over-the-air broadcast stations which, in part, will allow copyright owners to obtain overseas royalties that are now denied to them” [Yes, just what we need — more copyright rights!!]
“Providing a two-level enhancement for defendants with a previous conviction for an intellec-tual property offense.” and, last but not least
“Give law enforcement authority to seek a wiretap for criminal copyright and trademark offenses”