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Bill Gates wants to put you in jail
You Microsoft haters out there should get a kick out of this. --Declan
>The Netly News Network (http://netlynews.com/)
>December 17, 1997
>Penance for Pirates
>by Declan McCullagh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
> When it comes to protecting his company's computer software,
> nobody compares with Bill Gates. Not only is the nation's richest man
> thumbing his nose at government antitrust lawyers, but he's also
> toasting his latest victory: a draconian antipiracy bill that
> President Clinton signed yesterday.
> Piloted through Congress by the deep pockets of the software,
> motion picture and recording industries, the law punishes unapproved
> "reproduction or distribution" of books, magazines, software, music or
> videos. The painful penalties must bring a smile to the face of
> software executives: fines of up to $250,000 and five years in federal
> While you're cooling your heels in Club Fed, you'll have plenty
> of time to consider your misdeeds -- which in this case could have
> been making just three copies of Microsoft Office (cost: $360 each).
> If it's any consolation, you'll have plenty of company. Joining you
> will be anyone who "willfully" infringes copyrights worth at least
> $1,000 within a six-month period, with stiffer penalties if the total
> jumps to $2,500.
> Ouch. The cost of prosecuting millions of malfeasants has led
> critics to wonder, sensibly enough, if the FBI's time could be better
> spent chasing violent criminals. After all, software companies can
> (and do) sue copyright infringers already. "This is a dreadful piece
> of legislation," says David Post, a law professor at Temple University
> who teaches copyright law. "Congress is doing exactly what they
> shouldn't be doing: reacting in a panic and saying there's so much
> copyright infringement we need to throw people in jail."