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Wired: Upload a File, Go to Prison

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Friday, July 18, 2003
News Categories: Digital Media

“A new bill was proposed Wednesday that would send a person to jail for five years and fine them for $250,000 for uploading just one file to a peer-to-peer network.

The bill was introduced by representatives John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Howard Berman (D-Calif.).

The bill, called the Author, Consumer and Computer Owner Protection and Security Act of 2003 would allocate more money to the justice department to investigate copyright crimes and would also enable information sharing between countries to help in copyright enforcement abroad.

The bill states that uploading a single file of copyright content qualifies as a felony.”

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Comments

21

Lame, yes, enforceable, maybe - but don’t focus on overcrowding of jails, think PLEA BARGAIN! These A** Whipes we have for legislatures are all paid idiots, but if passed they will find a few of us to F**k with.

Posted by silk on July 20, 2003 at 5:01 AM (PDT)

22

Wow,  that is way harsh. Makes me glad Im not an American.

Posted by Njosnavelin on July 20, 2003 at 3:45 PM (PDT)

23

why not death penalty, that’s an even better deterrant eh?

Posted by goose on July 21, 2003 at 5:51 AM (PDT)

24

So Narco

You have never ever borrowed a CD/Album offf a friend and taped or burned 1 song ever?
Never make mixed tapes/cds? WOW you’re amazing.

Maybe if the record industry would move into the 21st century and see that the INTERNET exists, change their business model, not charge 15-20 bucks for a CD when costs etc show they shouldn’t be more then like 8-9 bucks, maybe people would buy something.

Posted by martin on July 22, 2003 at 5:26 AM (PDT)

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