NBC: california's new music file sharing law (it passed)
Wed Sep 22 22:30:07 EDT 2004
Governor signs Internet piracy bill
E-mail address required to share movies, music online
- Mark Martin, Lynda Gledhill, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Sacramento -- Aiding the industry that helped him gain worldwide fame,
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Tuesday aimed at
discouraging online piracy by requiring anyone disseminating movies or
music on the Internet to disclose their e-mail address.
California file sharers who trade songs or films without providing an e-
mail address will be guilty of a misdemeanor, under the first-in-the-
nation measure that could make it easier for law enforcement to track down
people who illegally download copyrighted material.
The bill is the latest attempt by film and music trade associations to
combat the hard-to-police use of file-sharing software.
The signing was hailed by the bill's sponsor, the Motion Picture
Association of America, whose president, Dan Glickman, noted in a
statement that Schwarzenegger had "a unique understanding of the powerful
impact of piracy.''
The governor remains a member of the Screen Actors Guild, which supported
Opponents, including the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier
Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, say the measure
infringes on privacy rights of computer users and would turn casual file-
sharers into criminals.
The measure, SB1506, was carried by state Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Los
Angeles, at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America, which
says it loses $3.5 billion annually to piracy and is concerned that online
trading of films is a burgeoning problem for them.
Vans Stevenson, a senior vice president for the trade association, said
the new law "will be another tool'' used to combat piracy. He said the
group hoped to work with state and local law enforcement officials on
enforcing the measure.
Schwarzenegger did not comment on the signing.
But he has made no secret of his opposition to the online sharing of
copyrighted material. Last week he signed an executive order prohibiting
state employees from using software designed for file sharing.
In total, Schwarzenegger took action on 89 bills Tuesday.
He signed AB890, by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Sherman Oaks, that
requires donations of $1,000 or more made to a political party in the last
days before an election be disclosed within 24 hours.
It closes a loophole used by the GOP and 21st Century Insurance to
secretly funnel nearly $1 million in last-minute contributions two years
ago to Republican Assembly candidates in close races.
The governor also signed AB1793, by Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San
Francisco, which will require video game retailers to display signs
notifying parents of the video game rating system.
"The governor's signature is a clear sign that more needs to be done to
keep these inappropriate games out of children's hands and give parents
the tools they need to raise healthy kids," Yee said.
The bill originally would have prohibited the sale of violent video games
to minors, but that version was unable to get through the Legislature.
Schwarzenegger vetoed AB858 by Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los
Angeles, which would have prohibited schools from using "redskin" as the
mascot. Some Native Americans say the image is offensive.
Schwarzenegger deemed the bill "silly" in a radio interview last week and
said in his veto message that the decision should be made at the local
"At a time when we should all be working together to increase the academic
achievement of all California's students, adding another nonacademic state
administrative requirement for schools to comply with takes more focus
away from getting kids to learn at the highest levels," he said.
Schwarzenegger also vetoed a bill that would have mandated sending
juvenile parolees who are caught in a nonviolent drug offense to drug
treatment rather than back into confinement with the California Youth
The governor said SB519, by Sen. John Vasconcellos, D-Santa Clara, would
apply to juveniles who had been convicted of a violent offense, and
therefore may not be best placed in drug treatment programs.
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