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Senate agreed to House amendment with amendment (11/19/1999)

Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 - Amends Federal copyright law to increase the statutory damages for copyright infringement which a copyright owner may elect, before final judgment is rendered, instead of actual damages and profits. Increases the limits on statutory damages per work: (1) from a minimum of $500 to $750; and (2) from a maximum of $20,000 to $30,000.

Increases from $100,000 to $150,000 the maximum amount to which a court may increase the award of statutory damages per work where the copyright owner sustains the burden of proving, and the court finds, that infringement was committed willfully.

Directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission by a specified deadline to promulgate emergency guideline amendments to implement the requirements of the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act for sentences sufficiently stringent to deter criminal infringement of a copyright or trademark, in accordance with certain procedures set forth in the Sentencing Act of 1987, as though the authority under that Act had not expired.