BoingBoing notes that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the notorious PRO-IP bill that ” puts local law enforcement in a position to demand the forfeiture in criminal proceedings of stuff used to violate copyright. Which means that instead of the RIAA simply trying to collect fines, they can also incite local authorities to collect all the computers and related gear that was used to pirate.” [ BoingBoing ] (Thanks, John!)


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  1. You know, when they aren’t busy setting speed traps, seizing drugs, and “keeping the peace”. Y’know, things that financially support local law enforcement.

  2. Myotheralt says:

    So, the police are authorized to collect private debts?

  3. john42 says:

    Best government money can buy!

  4. Jaysyn was banned for: says:

    “U.S.A. The best lawmakers money can buy!”

  5. Jaysyn was banned for: says:

    Doh, ninja’d!

  6. attheotherbeach says:

    About time.

  7. flamincheney says:

    Since your home contains fiber-optic cables that enable downloading wouldn’t that also be seizable?

  8. flamincheney says:

    Here is an email I sent to John Conyers, who I am embarrassed to admit I voted for at one point in MI.

    Mr Conyers;
    I am a lifelong Democrat. I have voted for you, and at one time actually considered yours a progressive mind suited for Washington. However, I have to say that I am appalled by the level of you involvement of HR4279- regarding intellectual property. Like so many politicians you have ignored your electorate in order to pander to big business.

    You have violated the trust of you electorate by taking what is a civil matter and essentially criminalized it. In addition to this you have passed legislature that will increase the cost of government in an age where our deficit has never been higher, and one where more relevant causes to the public concern continue to go unfunded. You, sir, should be ashamed.

    Because of this and other actions made by the Democratic party has made me question my allegiance, financial support, and trust for the system as a whole. When you attempt reelection I will be forced to vociferously campaign against you. I hope your pandering proves to be worth it to you personally because it has no value to the constituents of the USA- well perhaps other than Harvey Weinstein.

    John Conyers you should be ashamed and embarrassed. You were elected by the people to work for the people, and last I checked your people are those of southeast MI, not Rodeo drive.

  9. Trai_Dep says:

    If I let them copy my porn, will they let me keep my computer?

  10. Empire says:

    And we start hearing about abuses of this power in 3, 2, 1…

  11. Uriel says:

    I am so glad that we live one nation, under God, for the recording industry, by the recording industry…

    What a total lack of caring for the protection of the American People by passing this Golem. I sincerely hope this thing is destroyed, somehow. The outcry is going to be deafening.

  12. Rusted says:

    @flamincheney: Don’t think Congress critters can read.