Calif. Senate OKs Web-Piracy Legislation

The California Senate has unanimously passed an anti-piracy bill that would impose fines and possible jail time on anyone who knowlingly distributes a digital film or music file online without disclos

The California Senate has unanimously passed an anti-piracy bill that would impose fines and possible jail time on anyone who knowlingly distributes a digital film or music file online without disclosing a true name and e-mail address.

The bill, which passed the Senate with a 33-0 vote, now goes to the Assembly. If introduced into state law, SB 1506 would impose on convicted adults a misdemeanor fine of up to $2,500 and a one-year term in a county jail.

According to the bill, authored by Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, a person disseminating files "to his or her immediate family," or within a restricted-access personal network, would be exempted.

The bill was pushed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. 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 committed copyright infringement.
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