H.R.1319

To prevent the inadvertent disclosure of information on a computer through the use of certain "peer-to-peer" file sharing software without first providing notice and obtaining consent from the owner or authorized user of the computer.

3/5/2009--Introduced.

Informed P2P User Act - Makes it unlawful for any person who is not an owner or authorized user of a protected computer to induce an owner or authorized user of the protected computer to make files from a protected computer available to another computer through a peer-to-peer file sharing program without: (1) immediately before program installation, providing conspicuous notice that the program allows files on the protected computer to be available for searching and copying by another computer and obtaining informed consent to the installation; and (2) immediately before initial activation of a file sharing function of the program, providing conspicuous notice of which files are to be made available to another computer and obtaining informed consent.

Makes it unlawful for any person who is not an owner or authorized user of a protected computer to prevent the reasonable efforts of an owner or authorized user from blocking the installation or functioning of such a program or to fail to provide a reasonable and effective means to disable or remove the program or function from the protected computer.

Treats a violation of this Act as a violation of a rule defining an unfair or deceptive act or practice prescribed under the Federal Trade Commission Act. Prohibits construing this Act to limit or supersede any other federal or state law.

Defines "protected computer" to include a computer which is used by a financial institution or the federal government or which is used in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communication, including a computer located outside the United States that is used in a way that affects U.S. interstate or foreign commerce.

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