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Submission + - 5 Years for a movie?

Thrawn01 writes: "A good friend of mine has just been convicted of seeding Star Wars episode III and is facing up to 5 years of jail time

I do not condone his actions and agree he should be punished but 5 Years in a federal prison for sharing a 35$ movie with no personal financial gain? Drug dealers that "SELL" drugs get 5 years in prison. So I ask the slashdot community. Why should my friend who has no financial gain from sharing the copyrighted material suffer the same sentence as a drug dealer? Why such a high price for giving away a movie? What is a reasonable penalty for seeding copyrighted material? How can I help my friend and get this law changed?

Thanks."

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