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Bush signs law targeting P2P pirates

File-swappers who distribute a single copy of a prerelease movie on the Internet can be imprisoned for up to three years, according to a bill that President Bush signed into law on Wednesday.

[…] The law had drawn some controversy because it broadly says that anyone who has even one copy of an unreleased film, software program or music file in a shared folder could be subjected to prison terms and fines of up to three years. Penalties would apply regardless of whether that file was downloaded or not.

I also posted some links to earlier reports of the signing here

Also, Bush OKs Smut-Stripping Tech; Slashot’s Bush Signs Law Targeting P2P Pirates; see also Susan Crawford’s discussion of the expansive characterization of distribution in the act: What’s “distribution”?