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October 21, 2005

Federal Sentencing Stiffened for Peer-To-Peer Copyright Violations

The United States Sentencing Commission issued emergency rules on Wednesday enhancing the penalty for peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted works yet to be released.  This includes items such as films yet to be released to theatres.  Recently, eight individuals have been arrested with pirating and posting copies of Star Wars III to the Internet before the movie was released to theatres.  Changes to existing rules give the judge the power to estimate the number of files shared for purposes of sentencing.  Another change makes having a copy of a file in a shared folder count as an illegal distribution.  The new rules were issued under the authority of the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act signed by the President last April.

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