Saturday, April 03, 2004

more on the PDEA

Here is more on the major new IP bill that has passed the House Judiciary intellectual property subcommittee, the "Piracy Deterrence and Education Act" (PDEA). If you are sharing more than $1,000 worth of coyrighted media this bill provides for 3 years of jail time and $250,000 fines as the new criminal penalty.

Take note: "Other sections of the PDEA would require Ashcroft to boost the number of antipiracy cops on the Justice Department's payroll, and order the U.S. Sentencing Commission to revisit prison term guidelines to make sure they reflect 'the loss attributable to people broadly distributing copyrighted works over the Internet without authorization.'"

Looks like the fed is really going to crack down hard. File sharers - be afraid, very afraid.


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