From an EFF newsletter:
“The PIRATE Act (S.2237) is yet another attempt to make taxpayers fund the misguided war on file sharing, and it’s moving fast. The bill would allow the government to file civil copyright lawsuits in addition to criminal prosecutions, dramatically lowering the burden of proof and adding to the thousands of suits already filed by record companies. It would also force the American public to pay the legal bills of foreign record companies like Bertelsmann, Vivendi Universal, EMI, and Sony. Meanwhile, not a penny from the lawsuits goes to the artists.”
To participate in the EFF action to defeat this bill, contact your senator or (even easier) use the EFF’s ACTION CENTER to send a fax or email to the correct individual(s) in Washington.