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File swapping just became more dangerous. Upon conviction, offenders can now be sentenced based on the volume of files illegally swapped, and that volume can be based on an "estimate." Within the guidelines, it's possible for judges to impose fines of up to $250,000 and prison terms of up to three years.
The first application of these new sentencing guidelines may come in the case of 19-year old Curtis Salisbury, who plead guilty to copying two movies and then distributing them on the internet. The sentencing guidelines under the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act allow for punishment to be based on the estimated number of uploads of the movie files, as well.