U.S. SENATE: Coleman seeks lower file-sharing penalties

October 04, 2003


Pioneer Press | 10/03/2003 |: "Sen. Norm Coleman, two days after holding a high-profile hearing on the recording industry's anti-piracy campaign, said Thursday he will push legislation this year to reduce legal penalties for people who download copyrighted music off the Internet.
Coleman, R-Minn., said current penalties, $750 to $150,000 per song downloaded, are excessive and enough to scare innocent people into settling lawsuits filed by the recording industry."

Coleman said he will also press for changes in federal law to curb the recording industry's subpoena power.