More Ridiculous Hollywood Backed Laws In California
from the getting-greedy dept
The folks in Hollywood just keep on trying. Somehow, they've managed to convince California state politicians to sponsor some incredibly ridiculous pieces of legislation. They would require anyone who sent "commercial recorded or audiovisual material over the Internet" to include their name and address with the file. If they didn't do this, they could face 1 year in prison and be fined $2,500. Ernest Miller takes a deeper look at the bills and the reason behind them. The whole point (obviously) isn't to collect names, but to basically create a new crime (not giving your name/address) that would give state prosecutors jurisdiction in going after people file sharing. In other words, between the civil suits from the entertainment industry and the FBI there aren't enough law enforcement types trying to stop kids from listening to music. He also points out that there's no exception for fair use and there's no exception for files that are completely legal to trade. Instead, you have to attach your name and address (even if you're a child - who's privacy should be protected by other laws) to any file you send. Hopefully, these laws aren't going anywhere, but it's scary that they've gotten as far as they have already.