2017 US Code
Title 17 - Copyrights
Chapter 12 - Copyright Protection and Management Systems
Sec. 1204 - Criminal offenses and penalties

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Citation 17 U.S.C. § 1204 (2017)
Section Name §1204. Criminal offenses and penalties
Section Text

(a) In General.—Any person who violates section 1201 or 1202 willfully and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain—

(1) shall be fined not more than $500,000 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both, for the first offense; and

(2) shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both, for any subsequent offense.


(b) Limitation for Nonprofit Library, Archives, Educational Institution, or Public Broadcasting Entity.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to a nonprofit library, archives, educational institution, or public broadcasting entity (as defined under section 118(f)).

(c) Statute of Limitations.—No criminal proceeding shall be brought under this section unless such proceeding is commenced within 5 years after the cause of action arose.

Source Credit

(Added Pub. L. 105–304, title I, §103(a), Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2876; amended Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, §1000(a)(9) [title V, §5004(b)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A–593; Pub. L. 111–295, §6(f)(3), Dec. 9, 2010, 124 Stat. 3181.)

Editorial Notes AMENDMENTS

2010—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 111–295 substituted "118(f)" for "118(g)".

1999—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 106–113 amended heading and text of subsec. (b) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: "Subsection (a) shall not apply to a nonprofit library, archives, or educational institution."

Publication Title United States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 5, Title 17 - COPYRIGHTS
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 17 - COPYRIGHTS
CHAPTER 12 - COPYRIGHT PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Sec. 1204 - Criminal offenses and penalties
Contains section 1204
Date 2017
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 12, 2018
Positive Law Yes
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 112 Stat. 2876
113 Stat. 1536
124 Stat. 3181
Public Law References Public Law 105-304, Public Law 106-113, Public Law 111-295
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