David LaMacchia Case Chronology
- April 7, 1994: David LaMacchia indicted.
- September 30, 1994: Defense asks court to dismiss the case.
- October 28, 1994: deadline for Gov't replies to defense dispositive motions.
- November 4, 1994: deadline for defense replies to gov't replies.
- November 18, 1994, 2pm: Oral argument on motions.
- December 29, 1994: Motion to dismiss the indictment is granted by Judge Stearns.
- January 27, 1995: Government decides not to appeal the dismissal.
- December 16, 1997: Bill Clinton
signed the "No Electronic Theft Act" and it became Public Law 105-147.
It is now a criminal act to trade a copyrighted work with a friend. It
is now a criminal act to reproduce or distribute, during any 180-day
period, copyrighted works with a total retail value of more than $1,000.
The statue of limitations for such acts was extended to five
years. Senator Orrin Hatch said "this bill plugs the 'LaMacchia
Loophole' in criminal copyright enforcement."
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