Should "Attempted Copyright Infringement" Be A Criminal Offense?

Should "Attempted Copyright Infringement" Be A Criminal Offense?

Our good friends Howard Berman and Lamar Smith, (you’ll remember them as the ones who took lots and lots of money from the RIAA as well as the friends and families of various record company and entertainment executives) are all for it, according to CNET:

We are reviewing (the attorney general’s) proposal. Any plan to stop IP theft will benefit the economy and the American worker,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who’s the top Republican on the House Judiciary committee. “I applaud the attorney general for recognizing the need to protect intellectual property.”

Berman’s office said they couldn’t comment because they were busy drafting their own version of the legislation.