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House members introduce ‘draconian’ bill to thwart online piracy

The House Judiciary Committee unveiled legislation on Wednesday that would make it easier to shut down websites suspected of violating copyright laws. The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) expands protections for America’s intellectual property and combats the illegal distribution of counterfeit goods on the Internet, according to the bipartisan…

Removing copyright restrictions can decrease piracy: study

Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the recording industry, removing digital rights management (DRM) restrictions can actually decrease piracy, according to new research from Rice University and Duke University. The study was published in the November-December issue of Marketing Science. DRM restrictions prevent music owners from making digital copies of…