Proposed bill threatens P2P users with jail time

— 1:44 PM on July 17, 2003

CNN has coverage of a proposed bill that could increase the potential penalty for peer-to-peer file sharing to include jail time. Under the proposed bill, sharing copyrighted material would be elevated to felony status:

The Conyers-Berman bill would operate under the assumption that each copyrighted work made available through a computer network was copied by others at least 10 times for a total retail value of $2,500. That would bump the activity from a misdemeanor to a felony, carrying a sentence of up to five years in jail.
I'm all for the rights of copyright holders, but this is a little ridiculous. It's one thing to be able to prove that yes, a copyrighted file is being shared and has been downloaded a certain number of times but something completely different to assume that every file has been copied at least ten time for a total retail value of $2,500.
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