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The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that could have far-reaching implications for users of YouTube and other streaming-video sites, including fans and producers of “let’s play” style game videos. Senate bill S.978 would change the way copyright laws are enforced online, adding the possibility of criminal penalties, including jail time, for people who stream copyrighted material without prior authorization.
The bill, sponsored by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a felony. People who stream content valued at $2,500 or more online 10 or more times during a 180-day period face up to five years in prison. The bill, which can be read here, is broadly worded. As Shoryuken points out in a great editorial, the current version of the bill could include such YouTube staples as kids lip-synching to popular music or even karaoke performances in a bar. More troubling is the possibility that the act of embedding someone else’s video onto a page could be considered a violation, according to the bill.Copyright holders currently have legal means to pull unauthorized content from sites, including cease and desist orders and fines. The thought of adding criminal penalties to these cases, including jail time, is a new spin on the issue.If you’re upset by the legislation and would like to make your voice heard, Demand Progress has made it easy to voice your displeasure to the powers that be.
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I haven't read anything about this at all, so I'm just hypothesizing here. But wouldn't this only apply if the creator opposes having their footage put online? For instance, yeah, game companies wouldn't want leaked or early footage online... but I have a hard time believing they don't LOVE have their game footage plastered all over the net... free advertising. So, would it just flat-out be a federal crime to post copyright material... period, or would the maker have to report it for it to be a crime?
While I agree that this is a stupid waste of time and resources designed as a fluff issue designed to get votes by attacking what the politicians feel are acceptable targets, this is actually just an amendment on an older antipiracy law. While I don't know for certain what it means for video clips of games and films, the wording of the laws this amends would mean that derivative works such as lets-plays and abridged parodies are acceptable as they are, while, say, uploading a full episode of a TV-show is not.
Although this does feed in to the broader issue of politicians and the internet. I generally tend to agree that what few politicians there are who don't think the internet is some kind of trendy cafe for young people see it as a threat to their power to be neutralized. After all, in thew web age there are no secrets. It also feeds into the image the oldest living generations have of gamers as fat, slovenly man-children who won't be lost votes if offended because they never leave their parents basements. The latter needs to be removed, and the former needs to be looked into.
Everybody should watch this.
I will admit to being a democrat. But D*MN they hate fun, and it pisses me off.... But until we get republicans that are not complete morons, it will have to do
No! Replay sessions must commence!
I could maybe see where they were coming from when they were trying to restrict the sales, but the notion of restricting the publishing of gameplay or game-related videos AND prosecuting the uploader is just ridiculous. If this bill goes through (I'm not saying it will, I'm not saying it won't) a fair number of us gamers will find themselves facing possible jail time. I feel that everyone who thinks of their self as a gamer or anyone who enjoys playing video games should get involved: www.youtube.com/watch hopefully, if we all unite as a cohesive voice, we can beat this awful thing known as bill s.978
If it's not hackers, and these dumb sits on the hill. Unbelievable.
I for one am going to get all of my friends to send a letter at act.demandprogress.org/.../ten_strikes to get this bill squashed I love video game and i actively watch lets play's and walkthrough's on youtube........
this is absolutely ridiculous
But what about day 9... If this passes were going to go riot at Amy Klobuchar house and gona have to take some people out cuz if i dont get my daily dose of day 9 im not gona do well in this country. well Germany looks nice this time of year.
I actually talked to some lawyers who said that this whole video game-Congress debacle is stupid and full of loopholes. Really Congress, there are far more pressing matters than this, so why focus on the minor stuff?
More *** Democrats & Politicians not doing what they're supposed to do and sticking their noses where they don't belong.
leave to them to try to pass yet another bill that limits american citizens freedoms. I think i remember learning in kindergarten that america used to be free though, strange.
well that stupid b!tch but no way the bill will come into action
prepare for a youtube riot...
Yeah because rape and murder is just as bad as streaming video games....
hey what are you in for "I tried to help my friends get an achievement.."
What the hell is wrong with this country ....Is this really a pressing concern of your average citizen? Makes me sick...*** you Washington.
I don't see the purpose of them trying to pass this bill. I'm just wondering how this could possibly benefit them in any way...?