Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act

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Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act
Great Seal of the United States
Long title Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act
Acronyms (colloquial) INDUCE Act
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act by Orrin Hatch on June 22, 2004 (June 22, 2004)

The Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act, often abbreviated to just INDUCE Act, was a 2004 proposal in the United States Senate meant to target "whoever intentionally induces any violation" of copyright. The name came from an earlier version named the "Inducement Devolves into Unlawful Child Exploitation Act."

The proposed legislation was introduced as S. 2560 by Senator Orrin Hatch, and was then referred to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

The Act would amend title 17 of the United States Code which is related to copyrights, by adding a subsection to the end of section 501. The subsection would state the following:

Whoever intentionally induces any violation identified in subsection (a) of this section shall be liable as an infringer.

In subsection (g), "intentionally induces" means intentionally aids, abets, induces, counsels, or procures, and intent may be shown by acts from which a reasonable person would find intent to induce infringement based upon all relevant information about such acts then reasonably available to the actor, including whether the activity relies on infringement for its commercial viability.

Nothing in this section shall enlarge or diminish the doctrines of vicarious or contributory liability for copyright infringement or require any court to unjustly withhold or impose any secondary liability for copyright infringement.

The bill was broad and could have led to prosecution of peer to peer software makers, web sites or the overturning of home recording and fair use rights pioneered by the famous Betamax case. Many critics fear that certain tools used today (such as CD ripping and burning software), and even the Internet and personal computers themselves, could be considered to "intentionally induce" copyright violations, despite their utility for fair use purposes.

The bill was sponsored by former Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican senator from Utah, though it also had support from other Democrats and Republicans, including

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