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September 01, 2004
More on the "Don't" INDUCE Act (IICA) from Some New Suspects
I've done a couple of posts dedicated to commentary on the "Discouraging Online Networked Trafficking Inducement Act of 2004" or "Don't Induce Act" ('Don't Induce Act' - an Alternative to the INDUCE Act (IICA) and Other News and (Don't) INDUCE Act (IICA) Round-up and Other News). The Don't Induce Act is a response from a number of technology companies and organizations to the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act (IICA, née INDUCE Act). Discussion about the proposed alternative continues.
ComputerWeekly.com has a decent mainstream media report on the issue (Industry groups propose alternative to copyright bill).
However, of more interest are the commentaries from a new group of law students blogging as part of Prof. Lawrence Solum's IP Seminar at the Univ. of San Diego's School of Law. The seminar blog is called Copyfutures: The Future of Copyright. Good stuff!
The students have already posted some interesting comments concerning the Don't Induce Act.
Jeff King believes that the proposed alternative is only the beginning of finding a resolution (DONT Induce Act Proposes Narrows Liability that Would be Imposed by Induce Act):
Expect a lot more debate on this issue before any sort of final resolution to this issue. The need for digital protection of copyright is not going to go away. The Induce Act and the DONT Induce Act are polar opposites in the burgeoning debate over digital protection of copyright. Neither of the bills is likely to make it into law in its present form. The media industry has too much money at stake, and consumers have too great a thirst for digital content for either of the current drafts to meet with widespread approval by both factions in this debate.
Yip Yu argues that the Don't Induce Act isn't much of an improvement over the INDUCE Act itself (Nobody is Better Off with INDUCE/DON'T INDUCE
An argument can be made suggesting that DONT Induce is actually worse off than the Induce Act because DONT Induce requires at least two judicial determinations and the Induce Act requires at least one judicial determination. Under DONT Induce, the courts have to decide whether the infringement is the predominant function of the defendants software and whether it is the distributors predominant source of revenue. The Induce Act only requires a judicial determination whether the defendant intended to induce infringement.
I look forward to reading more from the Copyfutures blog.
Want to know more about the INDUCE Act?
Please see LawMeme's well-organized index to everything I've written on the topic: The LawMeme Reader's Guide to Ernie Miller's Guide to the INDUCE Act.
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