April 20, 2005

Go to Prison (for up to three years) for File-sharing

Cnet is running an article about the prison terms for file-swappers. With the new biil that was approved by Congress on Tuesday if you share just one copy of a movie (even if you made a hard duplicate to share with a pal) you are going off to prison with potential fines up to $250,000. Current law gives criminal penalties of up to three years in prison for "the reproduction or distribution of 10 or more copies or phonorecords of one or more copyrighted works, which have a total retail value of $2,500 or more."


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