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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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screw them, im doin a marathon for CHARITY today
I highly doubt this bill will pass it is a little too harsh especially when considering that doing this does no harm to anybody.
There could still be replays but GI would have to ask permission from the developer of the game they want to replay. Which also means they might have to pay money to use the game for these purposes. A lot like TV shows using artists songs in one of their episodes.
This is stupid! I mean there are multiple people who make a living purely off make commentaries over COD and other games.
that is complete bull!
So, they are making illegal things, even more illegal? Wow, I'm impressed. Back to business.
Like it or not sounds like this bill will pass. Any bill that gives more power to the copyright owner almost always passes.
I have to applaud our government, even with all the massive problems like the national debt, the economy, a war, a "conflict", they still have time to waste on a retarded bill that will continue to waste money by putting people in jail... I am impressed