Statement on Signing the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999
Today I have signed into law H.R. 3456, the "Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999." This legislation will increase for the first time since January 1988 the statutory damages that a copyright holder may recover for certain copyright infringements. This increase in penalties would be an effective deterrent to would-be pirates of copyrighted works. This Act also directs the United States Sentencing Commission to issue sentencing guidelines to ensure that sentences for criminal offenses against intellectual property are sufficiently severe to deter such offenses. I fully support efforts to make sentences in criminal cases involving intellectual property offenses true deterrents against the commission of those offenses and am pleased that H.R. 3456 will require the Sentencing Commission to address this matter on an expedited basis.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
The White House, December 9, 1999.
NOTE: H.R. 3456, approved December 9, was assigned Public Law No. 106-160.
William J. Clinton, Statement on Signing the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/229652