President George W. Bush signed into law on Oct. 13 a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level, Reuters reports. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally. The Justice Department had argued that the creation of this position would undermine its authority. The law also toughens criminal laws against piracy and counterfeiting, although critics have argued that the measure goes too far and risks punishing people who have not infringed. The Recording Industry Association of

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