from the its-gonna-get-messy dept.
"A bill just passed through the HR, it restricts the copying/distrubution of texts, movies, or songs through the Internet. Basically, if you were to copy a book word for word, and made it available on the Internet, you would be in trouble. Publishers used to sue those people for looking at the copied books/works for about $250 to $2000 in statutory damages, if they did not register their name. Now, if you do this, you would be fined $500,000, and given up to 5 years in prison. If this bill DOES make it into law, you would have to PAY for everything you read across your computer, from articles to pictures. You can find a short description of the law at this location
"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all
other causes combined."
-- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_