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A bill that would effectively shut down programs used to illegally download music over the Internet has attracted lobbyists of many different stripes. The Induce Act would hold liable those who intentionally aid and abet copyright violators. The bill’s language does not specifically target peer-to-peer software applications such as Morpheus and Grokster, but nearly all observers agree that they are in the lawmakers’ cross hairs. Induce’s most vocal supporter is the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA has long sought to shut down peer-to-peer programs, which it argues are largely responsible for the record industry ‘s recent sales dearth. The group first relied on litigation, but now is throwing its weight behind legislation. P2P United, a peer-to-peer software industry trade group, is leading the fight against the legislation. Adam Eisgrau of Flanagan Consulting, who is lobbying for the group, takes issue with the bill: “It is as short-sighted and arrogant as the movie industry’s [original opposition to] the VCR.” The legislation, which will be debated when Congress returns to Washington after Labor Day, has produced a spate of new hirings. In July, Verizon, which has a sizable Internet business, signed up Bruce Joseph of Wiley Rein & Fielding. Bertelsmann AG hired Weil, Gotshal & Manges in August. Bertlesmann is currently fighting litigation resulting from its loan in 2000 to Napster, the peer-to-peer program that was ordered shut down in July 2001 for facilitating widespread copyright infringement. Editor’s note: For more information about the lobbying business, visit www.influence.biz

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