This is the first indictment under the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (FECA) act [had a better ring to it than the Federal Haul Your Teen/College Kid Off To A Federal Pound-Me-In-The-Ass Prison Act] for pre-release material. Needless to say, this is a dark day for music bloggers and music fans everywhere. Excerpt from the article:
If convicted on all counts, the defendants each face a potential of 11 years in prison. The case was investigated by FBI agents and is being prosecuted by the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section of the United States Attorney's Office.
Recording Industry Association of America chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol said the indictments were particularly gratifying as they come from the heart of music country.
"Prerelease piracy is a particularly damaging and onerous form of theft," he said. "It robs artists of the chance to sell their music before it even hits the streets or becomes legally available online, and the ripple effects are felt far and wide throughout the entire music community -- especially when that theft strikes in Nashville, the very heart of our industry.
U.S. Constitution: Eighth Amendment
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
I hope the EFF gets involved, with subsequent federal court and hopefully Supreme Court challenges.