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Re: commercial crimes

It has often been pointed out that the chief result of new criminal code
is the manufacture of a new class of criminals.

With all that is happening in the United States and the world, we can say
with certainty that chasing after tens of millions of youths who copy a
friend's CD is a top priority for law enforcement? Our policing forces
are still waiting for equipment, training and data sharing technology in
the war on terror, but the real threat is copying the one barely
listenable track off some horrible artist's horrible recording?

This is very silly stuff. Perhaps we should all be investing in the
construction firms that build prisons, as they will be swimming in new

Dr Joseph D. Reilly,

"Communications is human nature; knowledge sharing is human nurture."

----- Original Message ----- From: "Hamaker, Chuck" <cahamake@email.uncc.edu>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 6:32 AM
Subject: commercial crimes

US DoJ offers to jail copyright infringers: Attorney General floats
tough new law By Tony Smith, The Register, 11th November 2005

"US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has proposed tough new copyright
enforcement laws that would criminalise consumers simply for trying to
make unauthorised copies of music, movies and software, whether they are
successful or not."
Blog: Hollywood Demands New Piracy Laws
By Jon Newton, MP3 Newswire, 11/13/05

"Microsoft, Apple and other owners of the BSA (Business Software
Alliance), together with the entertainment cartels, are demanding that
America's Cheney/Bush administration adds new commercial 'crimes' to US

From: digital-copyright Digest 14 Nov 2005 16:00:00 -0000 Issue 568

Chuck Hamaker
Associate University Librarian Collections and Technical Services
Atkins Library
University of North Carolina Charlotte