“The U.S. House of Representatives today [Sept. 29] passed H.R. 4077, the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004, by voice vote after having placed it on the suspension calendar. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) regrets that the House acted in such haste to pass what is a controversial piece of legislation without the due consideration of the billâ€™s impact on technology innovation.
H.R. 4077 fundamentally expands the definition of criminal copyright infringement, turns private sector copyright disputes into criminal litigation involving the Department of Justice, and mobilizes ISPs to police their networks on behalf of content companies [...]”