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    A forthcoming copyright bill backed by key U.S. senators would place file swappers in prison for up to three years if they have a copy of even one prerelease movie in their shared folders.

    In addition to the prison term, the Artists' Rights and Theft Prevention Act would punish making such movies available on a public "computer network" as a federal felony with a fine of up to $250,000. It would not require that any copyright infringement actually take place.

    Hollywood studios have fretted for years about Internet distribution of prerelease movies, meaning films that have not appeared on DVD or in theaters. Footage of "Star Wars: Episode II," "Tomb Raider" and "The Hulk," has reportedly surfaced on peer-to-peer networks before their commercial distribution. In September, the major studios responded by halting their normal practice of sending DVD "screeners" to Academy Award judges.

    A copy of the bill seen by CNET News.com, marked "Discussion Draft," represents one of the fiercest attacks yet on peer-to-peer networks from copyright holders' allies on Capitol Hill.

    The threat of a three-year prison term kicks in when anyone makes an illicit copy of a movie "available on a computer network accessible to members of the public," when the film "was intended for commercial distribution but had not been so distributed at the time." Once the film is commercially distributed, the felony penalties appear to no longer apply.

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    ouch! I'm glad I always uphold the LAW!
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    great news!! it's about time somebody put all these losers on kazaa to jail

    less lamers on fasttrack network

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    james_bond_rulez Posted on 14 November 2003 - 05:10
      great news!! it's about time somebody put all these losers on kazaa to jail

    less lamers on fasttrack network 
    wtf , how can u call them losers, they be sharing movies that are not even release.
    man thats tru Sharing rit there.



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    well if they were smart, which i am pretty sure they are not

    they would've release them in irc channels, newsgroups, bittorrent, and NOT fasttrack network. if you want movies that doesn't play, music that screeches, games that dont play, apps that dont work then sure go ahead use kazaa


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    Originally posted by james_bond_rulez@13 November 2003 - 22:05
    well if they were smart, which i am pretty sure they are not they would've release them in irc channels, newsgroups, bittorrent, and NOT fasttrack network.
    Mostly true with the exception of Bittorent I imagine...

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    Originally posted by james_bond_rulez@14 November 2003 - 06:05
    well if they were smart, which i am pretty sure they are not

    they would've release them in irc channels, newsgroups, bittorrent, and NOT fasttrack network. if you want movies that doesn't play, music that screeches, games that dont play, apps that dont work then sure go ahead use kazaa

    A forthcoming copyright bill backed by key U.S. senators would place file swappers in prison for up to three years if they have a copy of even one prerelease movie in their shared folders.
    Apparently their not centering on who released them but anyone that is even in possession of copies of prereleases. You mean to tell me youve never had a said file in your possession?
    SMARTY SMARTY HAD A PARTY NOBODY CAME BUT SMARTY

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    wait, doesn't this also mean persecution against bt users?
    and r they gonna jail u if u dl movies?

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    Originally posted by ZaZu@14 November 2003 - 05:02


    A forthcoming copyright bill backed by key U.S. senators would place file swappers in prison for up to three years if they have a copy of even one prerelease movie in their shared folders.

    abu_has_the_power said:
    wait, doesn't this also mean persecution against bt users?
    and r they gonna jail u if u dl movies?
    they can up to 3 years, according to the article.

    james_bond_rulez said:
    great news!! it's about time somebody put all these losers on kazaa to jail

    less lamers on fasttrack network
    And what does this have to do with just kazaa? If you have the file and are caught with it befor release, your goin down.
    SMARTY SMARTY HAD A PARTY NOBODY CAME BUT SMARTY

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