File Traders Face Jail Time, Fines with California Law

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-03-19 Print this article Print

Users must provide real names and addresses when sharing files.

California legislators have introduced parallel bills in the state legislature that would punish file traders of copyrighted materials with up to a year in jail, US$2,500 in fines or both if the users do not provide their real names and addresses with the title of the work. A California State Senate bill introduced by Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Los Angeles) and a corresponding California Assembly bill from Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) both would impose the penalties on Internet users who share commercial recordings or audiovisual work electronically.

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