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Informed P2P User Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in support of the Informed Peer-to-Peer User Act.

As we are hearing today on the floor, it is imperative that we heighten public awareness of the dangers associated with P2P file sharing, and Mr. Barrow just spoke so well to those points.

The reason that this legislation is needed and why it effectively requires software applications to provide clear warnings to their users is because, as the gentleman from Georgia indicated, many people are not aware of what they are finding themselves in the middle of as their information is exposed on the Internet.

In addition, the Seventh District of Tennessee, my district, is home to some of the country's most talented and creative minds in the music industry, and they rely heavily on P2P file sharing in crafting and bringing forward their music.

However, P2P programs are notorious for stealing copyrighted work, and this legislation does much to curb the piracy and the copyright infringement while stepping up penalties that are badly needed for those that are knowingly and willingly carrying out these violations. Unknown and untracked predators have been given fertile ground to steal intellectual property in a system that had been previously void of any centralized mechanism to track, monitor, and prosecute the violators.

I do want to commend those on both sides of the aisle, especially Mr. Barrow, Mrs. Bono Mack, Mr. Barton, and Mr. Stearns, for all their hard work in crafting this bill, and I encourage everyone to support the legislation.

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