Fans Indicted Under Pre-Release Copyright Law
“A pair of apparent Ryan Adams fans ran afoul of a new law making it a crime to publish songs before their release to the general public when they made portions of the singer’s latest album available on a Web site frequented by his fans, federal authorities said Thursday.
“Robert Thomas of Milwaukee and Jared Bowser of Jacksonville, Fla., were indicted under a provision of the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act law that makes it a separate federal crime to pirate music and movies before they are released to the public, said a federal prosecutor and FBI agent.
“The indictments are believed to be the first under the prerelease provision of the 2005 FECA law.”
The Hollywood Reporter. Feds Bust Fans for Pirated Ryan Adams Tunes. News.com. March 10, 2006.
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