McAfee, Congress targeting online piracy

Intel’s McAfee division has patented technology designed to alert computer users when they stumble onto copyrighted videos, music, games and other  web-based content that’s being illegally distributed.

“By informing a user of illegal sources and possible alternatives, a user can obtain the desired electronic distribution without violating an author’s intellectual property rights,” according to the patent application filed in October.

Meanwhile, Congress also is taking a hard look at how to blunt on-line piracy.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) said this week that his committee will conduct a sweeping review of  copyright laws  to determine if they “are still working in the digital age.”




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