Senate Bill Would Toughen Penalties for Online Piracy

Law360, New York (November 12, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- A bill to make it easier to prosecute suspected pirates who offer "pre-release" movies and music online will be introduced in the Senate on Thursday, the Washington Post reported.

Under current law, felony charges apply only to piracy suspects who distribute 10 or more copies of pre-release albums and movies, with a retail value of more than $2,500.

However, under the the Artists Rights and Theft Prevention (ART) authored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), people who share pre-release entertainment online could face...
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