SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 04 CR 7437
PAUL WILLIAMS, ) The Honorable
) Stuart E. Palmer,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE GARCIA delivered the opinion of the court.
Following a bench trial, the defendant, Paul Williams, was
convicted of two counts of unlawful use of recorded sounds or
images in violation of section 16-7(a)(2) of the Criminal Code of
1961 (the Code) (720 ILCS 5/16-7(a)(2) (West 2004)), and two
counts of unlawful use of unidentified sound or audio visual
recordings in violation of section 16-8 of the Code (720 ILCS
5/16-8 (West 2004)). He was sentenced to two years' probation
and 60 days' time served in the Cook County jail and was assessed
costs and fines.
The defendant contends on appeal that: (1) all four of his
convictions are null and void because the federal Copyright Act
of 1976 (17 U.S.C. §101 et seq. (2000)) preempts the State's