MCI, AOL protest Net copyright bill

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A proposed Internet copyright bill will prevent commerce and stop the Internet's growth, officials of MCI Communications Corp., America Online and the nation's phone companies warned Monday. At a hearing of the House Committee on Intellectual Property, the three companies said the proposed restrictions that would grant copyright holders broad protections would start a flood of lawsuits against the "deep pockets" who in many cases have nothing to do with the content they pass on. The House committee is due to consider the copyright bill on Wednesday.

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