A Colombian biology student is facing up to 8 years in jail and a fine for sharing a thesis by another scientist on a social network.
Diego Gmez Hoyos posted the 2006 work, about amphibian taxonomy, on Scribd in
- An undergraduate at the time, he had hoped that it would help fellow students with their fieldwork. But two years later, in 2013, he was notified that the author of the thesis was suing him for violating copyright laws.
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But according to prosecutors, the move was criminal. Colombian copyright law was reformed in 2006 to meet the stringent copyright protection requirements of a free trade agreement that the country signed with the United States. Yet while the US has few criminal penalties for copyright infringement, Colombia allows only for a few exceptions.
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