October 31, 2003 3:20 PM PST
Lawmaker gives thumbs-up to RIAA clampdown
In his remarks to the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Smith also said peer-to-peer networks permit "the widespread and massive distribution of digital music, movies, and software files." The remarks come one day after the Recording Industry Association of America filed 80 more lawsuits against alleged copyright infringers, bringing the total to 341. They also signal his continued support for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's controversial subpoena process, which Verizon Communications and privacy advocates had hoped that Congress might modify.