California Bill Tackles Pirated Goods On Web

In an effort to stem the distribution of pirated goods over the Internet, California Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Los Angeles) introduced state legislation Tuesday (Feb. 24) that requires recorded audio or vi

In an effort to stem the distribution of pirated goods over the Internet, California Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Los Angeles) introduced state legislation Tuesday (Feb. 24) that requires recorded audio or visual works distributed over the Internet to disclose the "true name and address" of the manufacturer.

Murray's bill would update a law currently on California books that does not cover Internet distribution.

The goal is that consumers who see offerings without a name and address will proceed with caution before purchasing them, since it is believed that legitimate manufacturers will include the information and pirates will not. Distributors who violate the statute would face fines of up to $2,500 and/or one year imprisonment.

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