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Thursday, September 23, 2004

CA: Tough on file-swappers

Kids are specifically mentioned in California's new law against anonymous file-sharing. The law, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed this week, establishes fines and possible jail time for anonymous file-sharers, CNET reports. "The new law says that any California resident who sends copyrighted works without permission to at least 10 other people must include his or her email address and the title of the work." If they don't, they face fines of up to $2,500 and up to a year in prison. Minors can receive fines of up to $250 for the first two offenses; the third can bring the fine to $1,000 plus a year in county jail.


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