A spokeswoman for California Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, says a committee in the Assembly may hold a hearing on his anti-piracy bill, SB 1506, in June. The Senate passed the bill in a 33-0 vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A spokeswoman for California Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, says a committee in the Assembly may hold a hearing on his anti-piracy bill, SB 1506, in June. The Senate passed the bill in a 33-0 vote on May 24.

The legislation would impose fines and possible jail time on those who knowingly distribute a digital film or music file online without disclosing a true name, e-mail address and the title of the work.

Under the legislation, an adult would be subject to a misdemeanor fine of up to $2,500 and one year in a county jail. A minor could be fined up to $250 and face one-year imprisonment.

A person disseminating such files "to his or her immediate family," or within a restricted personal network accessible in a household, would be exempted.

The Murray spokeswoman says she is optimistic that the Assembly will pass the bill, pointing out that the legislation is co-sponsored by leading Republicans as well as Democrats in both the Senate and Assembly.

The Motion Picture Assn. of America pushed for the bill. The Recording Industry Assn. of America had no comment on the overwhelming Senate vote.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation opposes the bill, saying it violates privacy laws by requiring citizens to post their names and e-mail addresses even if they have not been found to have committed copyright infringement.