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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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Whats the problem with the American government? can't they leave the internet and videogames ALONE? that bunch of oldies surely have never entered youtube.
Instead of making stupid laws go and do something for that crappy public education.
Kill everybody who supports this for all i care.
Never liked Klobuchar, now I'm very close to strangling her.
This is so wrong and stupid on so many levels. That would be too much regulation and would ruin one of the internets main causes. The would probably be so many unessesary arrests, Riots, and Charges this will probably not pass because it will create so many problems for everyone, government included.
wow... i don't even know what to say about this
Gotta finish that Persona 4 Endurance Run real quick now!
F this. That is all that is needed to say. Do you know that some people make Game Guides for a living?!?!?!?!?!!?!? This will put them out of work.
Bull Crap! Thanks GI for the Demand Progress link; I hope others use it as well.
So there might be... no.....more...Ltmkilla???
NOOOOOOOOO!If this Happens, than no more machinima?
There are a lot of "WTF America" moments coming in lately.
Senator Pinky: So, Brain, what are we going to do today?
Senator B.: The same thing we do every day: raise our salary!
Senator P.: But we just did that yesterday, people are getting upset...
Senator B.: Oh, well... Guess we'll have to create some seriously screwed up law to show them who's got the power then!
Of course it's a Democrat
This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard
Really? The government is REALLY going to do this to us? Shouldn't they be more worried about their salaries, scandals, and the 2012 election? This and the fact that they somehow think that a 10-year-old can ACTUALLY go out to a store and buy an M-Rated game just proves my point that the US government is so full of **** these days.
that's just ridiculous.