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Overcriminalization

"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

HR 7224: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to create an offense for misuse in communications of a registered mark.

Official Title

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to create an offense for misuse in communications of a registered mark.

Analysis

This bill would create a criminal offense for use of a registered trademark “with the intent to deceive the public to believe that such use is authorized by the owner of the mark.” Violations by individuals would be punishable by criminal fines of up to $2 million and imprisonment of up to 10 years for first offenses and, for subsequent offenses, criminal fines of up to $5 million and imprisonment of up to 20 years. Corporations would face criminal fines of up to $5 million for first offenses and, for subsequent offenses, criminal fines of up to $15 million.

Legislation Details
SPONSOR

Cannon (R - UT)

STATUS:

10/07/2008: Text Available
09/29/2008: Referred to House Judiciary Committee