WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level.
The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally. The Justice Department had argued that the creation of this position would undermine its authority.
Am I alone in thinking the "Intellectual Property Czar" is just a cushy position for someone's croney?
Brodsky argued that, at best, the bill was unnecessary because the recording and movie industry had the right to take accused infringers to court.
"There's already lots and lots of penalties for copyright violations," he said. "They've got all the tools they need."