Action Alert – The Induce Act: Innovation Under Attack

“Senator Orrin Hatch’s new Inducing Infringement of Copyright Act
(S.2560, Induce Act) would make it a crime to aid, abet, or
induce copyright infringement. He wants us all to think that the
Induce Act is no big deal and that it only targets “the bad guys”
while leaving “the good guys” alone. He says that it doesn’t
change the law; it just clarifies it.

He’s wrong.

Right now, under the Supreme Court’s ruling in Sony Corp. v.
Universal City Studios, Inc. (the Betamax VCR case), devices
like the iPod and CD burners are 100% legal – not because
they aren’t sometimes used for infringement, but because they
also have legitimate uses. The Court in Sony called these
“substantial non-infringing uses.” This has been the rule
in the technology sector for the last 20 years. Billions of
dollars and thousands of jobs have depended on it. Industries
have blossomed under it. But the Induce Act would end that
era of innovation. Don’t let this happen on your watch – tell
your Senators to fight the Induce Act!”

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