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Bad: HR4077 Passed the House

The INDUCE Act is just one part of a legislative full-court press by the major labels. We’ve been very focused on INDUCE, because it’s the biggest threat, the broadest coalition opposes it, and it’s the most realistically beatable.

But we just found out that HR 4077 passed in the House this afternoon. This major label dream-law would send people to jail for sharing 1,000 songs, or just one unreleased album. That’s right, up to 5 years in jail for sharing one album. It passed on a voice vote, so you can’t even go see if your Congressperson supported it– their votes simply aren’t on record. They’ll send hundreds kids to jail as a favor to some corrupt industry but they won’t put their names on it. Cowards.

The bill also includes charming things like restrictions on devices that let you skip commercials (remember, America: if you don’t watch the commercials, you’re stealing TV). HR 4077 still has to go through the Senate, but it could easily sail through. We’re doing some thinking about strategy right now, and we’d appreciate your comments if you have any thoughts.

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