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    A new bill proposed in Congress on Wednesday would land a person in prison for five years and impose a fine of $250,000 for uploading a single file to a peer-to-peer network.

    The bill was introduced by Reps. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Howard Berman (D-Calif.). They said the bill is designed to increase domestic and international enforcement of copyright laws.

    More specifically, the bill targets peer-to-peer file trading, an aide working for the congressmen said. The law is meant to keep up with changing technology.

    Content like movies, music and software are the country's No. 1 export, but the creators are being hurt by people who use technology to get the content for free, Conyers said.

    Jason Schultz, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called the bill "a sign of desperation" by the recording industry and Hollywood as they try to hold on to their business models.

    The bill, called the Author, Consumer and Computer Owner Protection and Security Act of 2003, or ACCOPS, would allocate more money to the justice department to investigate copyright crimes: up to $15 million a year, compared with the current budget of $10 million. The bill would also enable information sharing between countries to help in copyright enforcement abroad.

    The bill "clarifies" that uploading a single file of copyright content qualifies as a felony. Penalties for such an offense include up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. In addition, filming a movie in a theater without authorization would immediately qualify as a federal offense.

    "We're giving notice that this is something we want specific attention paid to," said the aide. "The current law is very general."

    ACCOPS also mandates that file-sharing websites must get consent from consumers to search their computers for content or to store files. In addition, those who provide false information when registering a domain name could also be charged with a federal offense.

    Last year, Rep. Berman introduced a bill that would protect copyright holders from liability if they impaired or disrupted the unauthorized distribution of their content on P2P networks. The bill is still being debated.

    EFF's Schultz said ACCOPS shows that the recording and movie industries "don't care what kinds of collateral damage they create." Sufficient laws are in place to punish those who violate copyright law, he said.

    Plus, the poorly written bill sets up an unnecessarily wide dragnet, Schultz said. It criminalizes the placement of any copyright work on a computer network.

    "If you have a file stored on your computer and your computer is connected to a publicly available network, you may not even know that you are committing a felony, but this law could put you in jail," he said.

    "There have been hearings, year in and year out, and consumers have not complained about anything that is going on in this bill," Schultz said. "The only people complaining are the content industry folks.

    "The content industry is asking the public to fund this kind of an effort against themselves."

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    : omg: there is no way this will pass...

    a felony for uploading 1 file and a federal offence if you record a movie... :barf:

    so let's see if I've got this...upload a single MP3 worth a dollar at most and pay a fine of $250,000 and spend 5 years in jail...

    it's hardly petty theft at the most, something you would barely spend a few months in jail for

    I'm feeling sick just thinking about it... :barf:
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Go figure... a couple of Democrats that just happen to have huge campaign contributions from the RIAA. I have a couple of spare bullets for them if they like. :rolleyes2
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    2 points here;

    1.) I wonder how the author of weta's post feels about that bit of plaigarism?

    A credit or footnote goes a long way there friend : peace2:
    Songs and movies aren't the only thing victim to copyright infringement.

    2.) It would be necessary that it be a "Federal" offense.
    Quite often data would be crossing state lines and even international boundaries.
    Just simplifies things a whole bunch if 1 set of rules is set to take precedence over 50 seperate sets.


    Now, I'm not saying I agree - but if this is their answer to the problem, then a punishment/prosecution/investigation at the Federal level is the only thing that makes any sense.
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    Mr C: Unfortunately I didn't have the source's details at the time of posting, but its been added now.

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    this is funny :rofl:

    are they trying to tell me that FBI is coming to deport me since i uploaded the latest MP3 on kazaa lite? keep dreaming RIAA...:laugh:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion
    Go figure... a couple of Democrats that just happen to have huge campaign contributions from the RIAA. I have a couple of spare bullets for them if they like. :rolleyes2

    Naaawwwwww democrats trying to protect the world from itsself??? say it isnt so! you got the ammo...i got the gun....

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    Ohhhhhh.. :eek:

    Be afraid, be very afraid..

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