Roy Mark reports:
The third time proved the charm for Rep. Mary Mack Bono (R-CA) as the U.S. House approved the Informed P2P User Act Dec. 8, mandating P2P (peer-to-peer) software vendors to provide a “clear and conspicuous” notice to consumers about the files being shared by the software and to obtain user consent for sharing the files. Mack had unsuccessfully pushed for the same legislation in two previous sessions of Congress.
The bill, approved on a voice vote, mandates P2P vendors’ disclose the notice and consent immediately prior to the installation or downloading of P2P file-sharing programs. The legislation also prohibits P2P vendors from blocking users’ reasonable efforts to disable or remove from their computers P2P programs.