The future looks bleak for all those who would rather download their music for free on the Internet illegally than pay iTunes $1.29 per song.
After Thanksgiving, a bill that will give the Justice Department the power to take down illegally offered copyrighted content for sale, download, or streaming, will go to the Senate for a full vote.
This new bill, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, allows federal officials to get to work on shutting down any and all websites they deem illegally distributing music and other copyrighted materials.
As you can imagine, La La Land is thrilled to be getting their money back from all the consumers who've been cheating them all this time. SAG and the DGA even issued a joint-statement in support of the bill, saying:
“We believe today’s committee action is the first step in making it much more difficult for rogue site operators to run their sites with impunity.”
Uh-huh. Ever heard of the old saying, "where there's a will, there's a way?" We think the government underestimates the average American's overpowering inclination to not pay for stuff.
But still, this could affect a lot of your favorite websites, which is a bummer.
What are your thoughts about this new bill?