United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Feb 27, 2020
Criminal offenses and penalties
Any person who violates section 1201 or 1202 willfully and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain—
shall be fined not more than $500,000 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both, for the first offense; and
shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both, for any subsequent offense.
Subsection (a) shall not apply to a nonprofit library, archives, educational institution, or public broadcasting entity (as defined under section 118(f)).
No criminal proceeding shall be brought under this section unless such proceeding is commenced within 5 years after the cause of action arose.
cite as: 17 USC 1204