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Changes in Copyright Laws

-updated 02/01/2010

In 2008, three new laws were passed to protect copyrights.

Copyright Law of the United States

The main change is the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2008.

Bush signs RIAA-backed intellectual-property law

Copyright infringement has gone from a civil offense to a criminal offense.

Computers used for copyright infringement can be seized and impounded.

It dramatically increases the monetary damages awarded for copyright infringement.

File-Sharing Software

Downloading copyrighted material without paying for it or without having written permission from the copyright owner is illegal. It can also totally trash your computer. Typical examples are Kazaa, Limewire, Frostwire, and BitTorrent. There are many more.

If you have teens, you might want to check your computer for these programs. If a minor is sued for infringement, the parent is liable.

You are just now beginning to see the beginning of a new era of copyright protection.

Here's a woman who paid $80,000 per song

Judge cuts $2 million penalty in song-sharing case

The changes in the copyright laws will be the source of many new lawsuits. With a downturn in the economy, this will become a viable source of income for both corporations and individuals.

There are firms offering up to a million dollars in reward money to people who turn in copyright infringements that are successfully prosecuted.

Million Dollar Reward

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