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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 wish congress would get to work on important things like our economy and stop working on moronic things like this.
fools in charge need to stop focusing on things like this and more on stuff that matters
AHHHHHH!!!!! leave gaming alone we dont need some jackass in the senate telling us what we do is wrong when nothing we do is hurting anyone or anything. LIVE AND LET LIVE you jaggoff
Already sent my letter in. Bull crap! What is this? E-Sports will end if this passes! This is like, total, undeniable, the most unreasonable thing I have ever heard! I HATE congress!
We need to share this link and the Demand Progress link with everyone and band together to make sure this free-speech crippling law does not pass. Share it on Facebook and by email, any way you can to everyone you can.
So apparently they would like to put every person in the US in jail. Who doesn't have a youtube video embedded in something they've put on the internet?
It's alright. The bill was written targeting the streaming of television shows and movies for free without permission but because of the wording it has VERY broad unintended consequences.
WTF don't they have more important stuff to worry about? say...the economy?
We all know this is nothing but the gaming companies way of control think about it you will have to get permission to put up videos of SSFIV from capcom or CoD footage from Activision. If you bad mouth the game they can easily deny you the ability to post the video. IMO kind of messed up really and also that will put a hurting on those who make vids on Youtube for money.
Wow. Just wow. They seriously have nothing better to do. I guess by the sound of things, the worlds bigger problems must all be taken care of now, I guess we can all rest easy.
Another reason to embarrassed to live in MN... Good thing I'm crossing the river to Fargo in a month. Our politicians are ****ing terrible people.
They do this every year guys, and every year, it doesn't go through. Still click on the link for Demand Progress though, it can't hurt.
If this bill passes, let there be hacking galore.
In my opinion, I think that videos of gameplay has always been nothing short of free advertising for the gaming industry. I Am always going to look at gameplay footage to checkout what's new. As far as tv goes, I have to admit, I always wondered when they would put the Kbosh on that. With other venues such as Netflix, why would you want to anyway?
Do not want.