California Law Would Allow Raids Of Suspected Piracy Facilities Without Warrants

If anti-piracy California legislation becomes law, authorities will be able to enter facilities suspected of pirating movie and music discs and seize equipment without first receiving warrants.

The measure is supported by the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America, Wired reports. The law would allow fines of as much as $250,000 to punish pirates.

The state senator who authored the legislation says law enforcement officials seized 820,000 discs containing pirated content last year. Opponents will most likely try to strike down the law for violating the Fourth Amendment, which offers protection from illegal search and seizures.

Do you think the MPAA and RIAA’s piracy losses justify the passage of such a hardcore law?

RIAA Legislation: No Warrant Required to Search, Seize Optical-Disc Plants [Wired]