Georgia Code Title 16. Crimes and Offenses § 16-8-60

(a) It is unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or association knowingly to:

(1) Transfer or cause to be transferred any sounds or visual images recorded on a phonograph record, disc, wire, tape, videotape, film, memory card, flash drive, hard drive, data storage device, or other article on which sounds or visual images are recorded onto any other phonograph record, disc, wire, tape, videotape, film, memory card, flash drive, hard drive, data storage device, or article without the consent of the person who owns the master phonograph record, master disc, master tape, master videotape, master film, memory card, flash drive, hard drive, data storage device, or other article from which the sounds or visual images are derived;  or

(2) Sell;  distribute;  circulate;  offer for sale, distribution, or circulation;  possess for the purpose of sale, distribution, or circulation;  cause to be sold, distributed, or circulated;  cause to be offered for sale, distribution, or circulation;  or cause to be possessed for sale, distribution, or circulation any article or device on which sounds or visual images have been transferred, knowing it to have been made without the consent of the person who owns the master phonograph record, master disc, master tape, master videotape, master film, or other device or article from which the sounds or visual images are derived.

(b) It is unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or association to sell;  distribute;  circulate;  offer for sale, distribution, or circulation;  or possess for the purposes of sale, distribution, or circulation any phonograph record, disc, wire, tape, videotape, film, memory card, flash drive, hard drive, data storage device, or other article on which sounds or visual images have been transferred unless such phonograph record, disc, wire, tape, videotape, film, memory card, flash drive, hard drive, data storage device, or other article bears the actual name and address of the transferor of the sounds or visual images in a prominent place on its outside face or package.

(c) This Code section shall not apply to any person who transfers or causes to be transferred any such sounds or visual images:

(1) Intended for or in connection with radio or television broadcast transmission or related uses;

(2) For archival purposes;  or

(3) Solely for the personal use of the person transferring or causing the transfer and without any profit being derived by the person from the transfer.

(d) Every person convicted of violating this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished as follows:

(1) Upon the first conviction of violating this Code section, by a fine of not less than $500.00 nor more than $25,000.00, by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than two years, or both such fine and imprisonment;

(2) Upon the second conviction of violating this Code section, by a fine of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $100,000.00, by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than three years and the judge may suspend, stay, or probate all but 48 hours of any term of imprisonment, or both such fine and imprisonment;  or

(3) Upon the third or subsequent conviction of violating this Code section, by a fine of not less than $2,000.00 nor more than $250,000.00, by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than five years and the judge may suspend, stay, or probate all but six days of any term of imprisonment, or both such fine and imprisonment.

(e) This Code section shall neither enlarge nor diminish the right of parties to enter into a private contract.

(f)(1) Any phonograph record, disc, wire, tape, videotape, film, memory card, flash drive, hard drive, data storage device, or other article onto which sounds or visual images have been transferred in violation of this Code section is declared to be contraband and no person shall have a property right in it;  provided, however, that notwithstanding paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Code Section 9-16-17 , no property of any owner shall be forfeited under this paragraph, to the extent of the interest of such owner, by reason of an act or omission established by such owner to have been committed or omitted without knowledge or consent of such owner.

(2) Any property subject to forfeiture pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be forfeited in accordance with the procedures set forth in Chapter 16 of Title 9.  

(g) For purposes of imposing restitution pursuant to Chapter 14 of Title 17 when a person is convicted pursuant to this Code section, the court shall consider damages to any owner or lawful producer of a master phonograph record, master disc, master tape, master videotape, master film, or other device or article from which sounds or visual images are derived.  Restitution shall be based upon the aggregate wholesale value of lawfully manufactured and authorized recorded devices corresponding to the nonconforming recorded devices involved in the violation of this Code section and shall also include reasonable investigative costs related to the detection of the violation of this Code section.

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