Senators Orrin Hatch and Patrick Leahy have introduced the PIRATE Act in Congress. Both are on the payrolls of the entertainment industry, and Hatch lets loose with a terrifyingly stupid explanation of why action is necessary now:
In defending the Pirate Act, Hatch said the operators of P2P networks are running a conspiracy in which they lure children and young people with free music, movies and pornography. With these "human shields," the P2P companies are trying to ransom the entertainment industries into accepting their networks as a distribution channel and source of revenue.
"Unfortunately, piracy and pornography could then become the cornerstones of a 'business model,'" Hatch said in a statement. The illicit activities of file sharers "then generate huge advertising revenues for the architects of piracy."
Could? Could? They want a massive increase in federal powers because something MIGHT happen? I especially love all the terrorism language they've loaded the bill with--it makes me sick.