No, really. They just want your money, and don’t care about anything else. Why else would they be trying to make it illegal to skip commercials? We’re not making this up:
The [Intellectual Property Protection Act] would also permit people to use technology to skip objectionable content — like a gory or sexually explicit scene — in films, a right that consumers already have. However, under the proposed law, skipping any commercials or promotional announcements would be prohibited. The proposed law also includes language from the Pirate Act (S2237), which would permit the Justice Department to file civil lawsuits against alleged copyright infringers.
So, to recap:
- No commercial skipping; and
- The DoJ is the MPAA/RIAA’s law firm; which means
- The taxpayers will be footing the bill for their copyright enforcement efforts, both reasonable and unreasonable.
It’s not law yet, though. Call those congresscritters.