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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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Shouldn't they be focusing on the economy.
Well...this doesn't bode well.
this is *** retarded, the usual ages of streaming game play, is between 12 years old, to about 25 years of age. And they want use to not only go to jail over this, but also have a felony!?! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! NO!.. NO!.. we need to make our voices heard, this is absolutely ridiculous, and needs to stop.. NOW!
don't these politicians know that there are 2,000,000 million prisoners in this country. By criminalizing this type of behavior they will increase it even more!!! WTF WTF WTF The french gulag is nothing compared to the new american gulag
Amy wtf? Why? I understand that its supposed to prevent piracy, but that completely destroys things like Machnima, hell, even REVIEWS. It's not logical to expect people to go out and ask every company to verify copyrighted material,
Get your head on straight and fix the budget.
So now I can´t watch gameplay videos on youtube to see if I like the game or not?
how will people make walkthroughs
What? Copyright holders already have the ability to pull this stuff offline if they take issue with it, so why the fudge is the government jumping in here? If this proposed bill wasn't as broad as it is I'd have less of a problem, but I see this doing more harm than good for the average person. It'd be good for the people who hold copyrights I guess, but not so much the rest of us.
Don't you have bigger fish to fry first. I mean, I get this, but at the same time I don't.
Video game companies,
Look, I do not trust your propaganda marketing videos. For example, I bough Alice Madness Returns new (for that matter I bought Alice for PC new way back) and I like it (with no plans to resell it), but look how far the game is from the commercial's representation...
Without streaming videos of game play and cut screens I will be forced to trust sites like GameInformer, IGN and OXM, which gave Alice a low score of 6.75. I believe this move will lead to an increased percentage of games being rented or bought used versus purchased new.
Isn't the goal of this bill to increase new game purchases so more money goes to the developer and producing studios?
If this bill were to get passed, would it not make more sense to pursue damages against the person(s) that are hosting/distributing the media for streaming rather than the streamer? You know, stop it at the source...
Does this only apply in the US?
Sent in my letter, let it be the voice of one in the chorus of the thousands.
This is preposterous. Doesn't the government have better things to do, more important things that demand their attention? If they insist on getting bogged down in the trivial, then the people should know about it.
So this is going to effectively shut down the majority of channels I'm currently subscribed to on Youtube. That's just what I wanted to hear first thing in the morning.
Crap. I use walkthroughs from YouTube when I'm stuck sometimes!