The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, which gives the Justice Dept. authority to prosecute civil copyright cases, expands seizure powers in civil copyright cases, and creates a high-level position coordinating all of the government”s anti-piracy initiatives. While Hollywood welcomed the bill, civil liberty, librarian and consumer champs slated it, saying it passes an “enormous gift of federal resources to large copyright owners with no demonstration that the copyright owners are having difficulties enforcing their own rights.”

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