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3.18.2004

Share an MP3: Go to Jail
(But you gotta tell us, okay? Better yet, just swing by the jail. Bring evidence. Thanks, yo)

Two new bills in California seem intended to scare the bejebus out of file-sharers.

S.B. 1506 and A.B. 2735 "would provide that it is a crime, punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,500, imprisonment in a county jail for a period not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment for a person who is not the copyright owner to knowingly electronically disseminate a commercial recording or audiovisual work without disclosing his or her true name and address, and the title of the recording or audiovisual work."

In other words, if you're going to violate copyright law, please notify us. Isn't this sort of like requiring the bank robbers to be fingerprinted during holdups?

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