US House votes for jail time for P2P pirates


— 4:27 AM on September 29, 2004

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that proposes a more active role for government in going after peer-to-peer pirates. Song swappers could even face jail time:

The bill would train agents to investigate intellectual-property crimes and allow them to send warnings to users they suspect of copying songs illegally. Those found to be sharing more than 1,000 copyright files would face jail time.
In related news, Slyck's P2P network stats show that the eDonkey network, served by eDonkey and eMule clients, has become nearly as popular as the FastTrack network, which feeds Kazaa and its variants, iMesh, and Grokster.
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