Assembly Approves Internet Piracy Bill
SB 1506, authored by Senator Kevin Murray (D - Los Angeles), received strong support from the Assembly Arts and Entertainment Committee as it approved the bill 12 – 0.
SB 1506 simply updates the law to apply to the most pervasive forum for piracy – the Internet. The measure will help consumers and law enforcement distinguish between legitimate works distributed on the Internet and pirated works.
Violation of the statute would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2500 and/or up to one-year imprisonment. The penalties do not apply to those distributing files to their immediate family or within their home networks. A minor who violated the statute would have to pay a fine of $250 for a first or second offense and a fine not to exceed $1,000, imprisonment in a county jail, or both, for a third or subsequent violation.
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