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“It would make operators of media-swap networks such as Kazaa and Grokster liable for users’ actions. It also would make it easier for entertainment companies to sue tech firms for copyrightinfringement.

Opponents say the language is so broad it could apply to makers of MP3 players, such as iPod, and CD and DVD recorders, as well as to media organizations that give consumers tips on using digital content.

The recording and movie industries support the bill to help curb piracy.”

Normally, bills like this do not get a lot of attention because they are so broad in nature, but what makes this bill especially scarey is the number of supporters backing it: Besides Hatch and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., there’s also Senate majority leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Senate minority leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. Other co-sponsors are Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

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