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California to force file sharers to wear name tags

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California to force file sharers to wear name tags Andrew Raff March 19, 2004

A bill (AB 2735) introduced into the California state legislator would make unauthorized file sharing a crime, "punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,500, imprisonment in a county jail for a period not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment for a person who is not the copyright owner to knowingly electronically disseminate a commercial recording or audiovisual work without disclosing his or her true name and address, and the title of the recording or audiovisual work."

LA Times: Setting a Trap for Net Pirates The Culver City Democrat is pushing a bill that would require California file sharers to attach their real names and addresses to the copyrighted goodies they let others download over networks like Kazaa and Morpheus.

Critics of the bill note that because the bill requires all file sharers to use their real name and address, regardless of the content of the files they share, it is probably an unconstitutional restriction on the First Amendment protections for anonymous speech.