17 U.S.C. § 1204 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 17. Copyrights § 1204. Criminal offenses and penalties




 In general.--Any person who violates section 1201 or 1202 willfully and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain--

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

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

 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) .

 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.





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