From Wired News:

A new bill proposed in Congress on Wednesday would land a person in prison for five years and impose a fine of $250,000 for uploading a single file to a peer-to-peer network.

The bill was introduced by Reps. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Howard Berman D-Calif.). They said the bill is designed to increase domestic and international enforcement of copyright laws.

More specifically, the bill targets peer-to-peer file trading, an aide working for the congressmen said. The law is meant to keep up with changing technology.

This is not quite as bad as the RIAA going after WiFi network managers to try to get to people who download music files wirelessly. But if the industry is willing to try criminalizing peer-to-peer, will it be long before they try to outlaw 802.11?

[thanks to Bill C]