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U.S. House Passes Anti-Piracy Bill

Law360 (September 29, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act, which would criminalize the use of video cameras to record films in cinemas and allow the Justice Department to prosecute internet users who illegally distribute large amounts of music and other copyrighted works.

The bill would make videotaping a film in a movie theater a felony, which would permit local and state police to make arrests even when officers don't personally witness the illicit recording. Penalties include up to three years in prison...
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