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Federal Judge Strikes Down Anti-Bootlegging Law As Unconstitutional

Law360 (September 28, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge in New York has struck down a 1994 law banning the sale of bootleg recordings of live music, on the grounds that the law unfairly grants "seemingly perpetual protection" to the original performances.

U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled dismissed a federal indictment of Jean Martignon, who owns a record store, a catalog service and an internet site.

Baer ruled that the statute banning boot-legging was unconstitutional because it grants...
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