Content owners warn Congress of “fair use creep,” draw ridicule

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Groups representing the movie, music and photography industries testified before Congress on Thursday, and called on the government to consider changing laws to do more to address piracy and file-sharing.

The testimony, which took place before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, is part of a larger review by Congress of America’s copyright policy. The review is significant because it will help shape the rules for culture and creativity on the internet in coming decades.

The proceedings included a gimmick in which members of Congress a movie clip of various 3D content, followed by a warning that such creativity could be snuffed out without stronger laws: “If an environment exists that does not provide adequate copyright protection and blockbuster films become unaffordable and unprofitable due to the threat of piracy, this new and thriving 3D industry will be significantly hampered,” studio executive William Sherak told the subcommittee.

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