By a 410-10 vote, the House approved the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property, or Pro-IP, Act, which is backed by the entertainment industry and other major copyright holders. . . .
The bill would rewrite U.S. law to allow federal officials to seize property–including computers or other equipment used to commit intellectual-property crimes or obtained as a result of those proceeds–from people convicted of making unauthorized copies of music, movies, or live performances. In civil cases, federal agents would have to establish that there was a “substantial connection” between the property and the offense.