Calif. Legislature Passes Tougher Piracy Fines

Law360, New York (August 23, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT) -- The California Legislature has passed a bill that would double fines for certain types of criminal copyright and trademark infringement, sending the measure to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk.

The State Assembly moved the amended bill, AB 819, into enrollment on Thursday, following a 34-0 vote of approval the previous day in the state Senate, where the bill lingered for more than a year.

If signed by Schwarzenegger, the bill would take effect immediately, changing several sections of the California penal code related to piracy and doubling...
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