Movie Uploader Pleads Guilty; Will He Get Jailtime?
from the questions,-questions dept
Earlier this year, the entertainment industry convinced Congress to pass a law that added extra penalties for anyone who shared a "pre-release" copy of content, making it a felony that could lead to jailtime. Yes, this could lead to awkward situations where fans who want to hear an album that some big label decided didn't have enough hits to be released could all be facing jailtime. Well, now, the first person prosecuted under this law has pleaded guilty to uploading a pre-release copy of the last Star Wars film two days prior to release. So, does he deserve jailtime? Can anyone make a credible case that he actually "cost" the industry anything? As we pointed out at the time, it only seemed to increase the interest in actually going to see the film. Yes, the guy did break the law -- but does jailtime fit the crime?