Intellectual Property Enforcement Bill Passes

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Yesterday, President Bush signed into law the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008." The act adds funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice to target certain aspects of computer crime and appoints an "I.P. Czar" to the cabinet who reports directly to the president and protects the interests of intellectual property holders.
Many have criticized the measure, arguing that it will hurt consumers in that it expands the ability of the government to seize goods and increases penalties for infringement while also broadening the definition of infringement. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) on the other hand, praised the bill for its potential to crack down on software piracy.

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