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Measure To Toughen Law Against Selling Pirated CDs Becomes Law

Sacramento, CA — A bill signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger makes it easier for prosecutors to file felony charges against individuals selling counterfeit CDs or tapes.

Under the new law, anyone trying to sell as few as 100 counterfeit recordings can be charged with a felony, the same standard already on the books for cases involving counterfeit films.

Previously, the threshold to bring a felony charge in a music piracy case was one-thousand bootleg CDs, tapes, vinyl or other formats.

Schwarzenegger says the law is good for artists and it´s good for the California economy. If convicted under the new law, defendants could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in state prison and fined $250,000.