P2P File Sharing - Fine or Jail?

By Derek Sooman on January 27, 2003, 11:29 PM
Slashdot.org and CNET News report here and here respectively about a little known law passed by Clinton in 1997 called the No Electronic Theft Act, which could mean that peer to peer file swappers could face $250,000 in fines or 3 years in jail for swapping copyrighted material.

Judging by the number of concurrent Kazaa users you see on at once, or the kind of carry on going on on some IRC channels, I doubt very much that EVERYONE will be going to jail any time soon. However, as was seen in the Verizon case just recently, maybe all that's needed is just one person to be picked on by the RIAA with the power of the law behind them, just to put the fear of God into everyone. Whilst this law isn't anything new, its perhaps one more tool for the RIAA and its nasty band of pals to fight copyright file swapping on the Net.

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iss said:
another scenario could be that trying to swing this club is what could finally do the RIAA in. imagine Irate parents (voters) ire when they are told their little johnny is a felon subject to 250,000 dollar fine or three years in prison.obviously this law didnt have file sharing in mind and if the RIAA tries using it they may find themselves on the receiving end of some serious backlash. I dont download music but I think it is past time that the RIAA's gestapo mentality was reigned in.
young&wild said:
Hehe..jail term, i wonder if the is enough jail houses for everyone in every country when most are already overpopulated?:D
Unregistered said:
Not every country, that's american law. God Bless CANADA, eh?;->
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