INTERNET USERS FACE JAIL FOR DISTRIBUTING NEW RELEASES

A bill proposed in the US proposes a maximum punishement of five years in jail...

Internet users could face up to five years in prison for distributing music and films before their scheduled release date.

A bill proposed in the US means that those prosecuted face a minimum fine of $2,500 (£1,400), as anything posted online will be downloaded a minimum of ten times, reports the BBC.

The maximum punishment will be up to five years in prison, plus a monetary fine for first time offenders.

The bill, which has been applauded by lobbyists from the music and film industry, is also supported by the Californian democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein who is one of the sponsors of the bill. She commented that there is “no legitimate purpose” for anyone to upload copyrighted material to file sharing networks such Kazaa.