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New bill upgrades unauthorized Internet streaming to a felony

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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:24 AM
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New bill upgrades unauthorized Internet streaming to a felony


arstechnica.com

Two months ago, US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel produced her wishlist of changes to US law. One item in particular caught our interest—the suggestion that the online streaming of copyrighted content be bumped up to a full-scale felony. Late last week, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced just such a bill.
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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:24 AM
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"Oh I don't watch TV on the internet.... this doesn't matter to me."

"I never do this kind of stuff on the computer."

"They're all criminals these people, let 'em fry!"

Ahem, I thought I might get that out of the way up front.

It does matter. And you had better pay attention. This is about language and nothing more... It's how adding a word or two can potentially change the fate of thousands.

(You know what's happening in America? Sure you do.)


The text of S. 978 isn't yet available from the official THOMAS system, but Klobuchar's office sent us a copy of the brief bill. Under current law, "reproducing" and "distributing" copyrighted works are felony charges and cover P2P transfers and Web downloads. But streaming is a "public performance" rather than a "distribution"—and holding a public performance without a proper license is not a felony. S. 978 adds "public performance" to the felony list.


So... how can they "get" these degenerate low-life citizens who dare to share...?

By turning them into felons.


Michael O'Leary, who heads up the MPAA's government affairs (read: lobbying) work, said in a statement that "criminals are stealing, trafficking, and profiting off the investment that our workers devote to creating the quality films and TV shows that entertain a worldwide audience and bolster the American economy... We thank Senators Klobuchar and Cornyn for introducing this important legislation to standardize the legal treatment of online content theft and helping ensure that federal law keeps pace with the changing face of criminal activity."


It is a common failing of our government it appears to be easily convinced that escalating the category of a criminal offense will somehow help the situation ... which is sort of how we end up with the largest prison population on the planet.

Please consider the nature of the legal term "felony."


Felony: Felonies are considered the most serious types of crimes, and each state has different punishments for these offenses. A standard definition of a felony is any crime punishable by more than one year in prison or by death for capital offenses like first-degree murder....

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A person convicted of a felony will usually have more restrictions on their rights (collateral consequences) than a person convicted of a misdemeanor. For example, in many jurisdictions, convicted felons cannot serve on juries. They may also lose their right to vote or to practice certain professions, such as lawyer or teacher. Felons may also be prohibited from owning guns or serving in the military, and they may also have to register as an offender (e.g., sex offender, narcotics offender).


I guess if they are worried about not enough people in the prison system... this will fill the gap.







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edit on 17-6-2011 by Maxmars because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:26 AM
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Watch an episode of GI Joe on your computer and lose your right to vote and bear arms.

That seems perfectly rational.


Hey, isnt that Klobuchar woman the one that people on ATS were parading around as a (D) version of Palin a couple of years ago?

Will Klobuchar run for pres?

Klobuchar for pres

Funny.


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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:28 AM
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I predict eventually they will be given an offer, eventually
go to jail or join the army
go live in a cage or be a slave, your choice

Something tells me this is what is going to happen



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:30 AM
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$hit you mean I will actually have to pay for porn now??



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:31 AM
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Anyone in the US ready to revolt yet? The law has been twisted beyond recognition. Felonies were meant for rapists, murderers. Now you are a felon for peeing in public, and if you allow this to pass, streaming online to some friends. Ridiculous! Back when I used to have high speed internet, me and some online friends did this often, called movie night. We pick a theme a week ahead of time, then we each stream one of our movies on that topic, see what people came up with and have a good time. No different than if they lived close enough, I invited them over to my house for a movie night. Under that stupid law, if I was in the US that would make me a felon.... Wake up america!



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:32 AM
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Well, from what I am seeing, it is about hosting and streaming, not simply watching.

So, watching some chinese hosted stream of the latest movie in theaters = fine (unless somehow the US is going to get the chinese hosting service..good luck with that)
however, theoretically, snapping some pop song on your youtube video = prison time.

Ya...erm...a bit overboard.

What is in place already is fine...it allows for civil suits to be carried out...the feds need to back away from civil matters...they will do nothing to stop some dude in china from hosting this stuff, so, who does this really target?



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:35 AM
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Yep you said it...Overboard!! But what hasn't been overboard recently?? The laws change however the government wants them to and that is the entire reason for making them in the first place so this couldn't happen!! Look what's happening....



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:40 AM
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This is going to kill Justin.TV



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:45 AM
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I think we need to make being a member of Congress, participating in law enforcement, or being a member of any secretive three-letter agency a felony, punishable by instant death with no trial. I don't think we'll have any trouble finding members of the astute public ready to make the accusations necessary for indictment.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:51 AM
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Wow i never stream movies....never..but i know of people that do. I had no clue it was illegal to stream. i know its illegal to download it. If given the military or prison ultimatum, i wouldnt want half of the people i know serving in our military. And throwing them in prison with a bunch of thugs lol. Tor browser?
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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 10:53 AM
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Michael O'Leary, who heads up the MPAA's government affairs (read: lobbying) work, said in a statement that "criminals are stealing, trafficking, and profiting off the investment that our workers devote to creating the quality films and TV shows that entertain a worldwide audience and bolster the American economy... We thank Senators Klobuchar and Cornyn for introducing this important legislation to standardize the legal treatment of online content theft and helping ensure that federal law keeps pace with the changing face of criminal activity."


Take out the "quality films and TV shows" and replace with "quality written articles and supporting documentation" and eventually you will have the alternative media sites covered in there as well. Such sites as Alex Jones, WhatReallyHappened and Steve Quayle and all the others. Control the media in any form and you control the population.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 11:07 AM
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So I was banned at one point from Ustream.tv under the false allegation that I was streaming copyrighted material (I wasn't). Does this mean they could arrest me on felony charges if this bill passed? Or would the copyright holder still have to press charges first?



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 11:10 AM
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I think this is rather disturbing. The only instance of something like this I know about is a guy who uses a popular streaming service to rebroadcast sporting events from the TV card in his computer. (Not me btw, I never even watch sports much less care enough about them to rebroadcast them. Besides, I don't own a TV except for the kids to play Xbox Live. The wife is also addicted to Netflix.)

The stream includes ALL of the advertising that is shown on the broadcast network, so tell me something: Who exactly is being hurt by this? Is there any revenue being lost by anyone? NO!

IMO, the network should be PAYING this guy to rebroadcast these events over the internet because more people get to - are forced to - watch the advertisements. Basically he's doing them a favor, and now they want him to go to jail for a year or more?


Where's the common sense?

ETA: S&F for Mr. Mars.

edit on 5/17/2011 by OldCorp because: S&F



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 11:19 AM
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Oh so youtube will finally be raided? That will be interesting... oh wait... what???



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 11:23 AM
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Take out the "quality films and TV shows" and replace with "quality written articles and supporting documentation" and eventually you will have the alternative media sites covered in there as well. Such sites as Alex Jones, WhatReallyHappened and Steve Quayle and all the others. Control the media in any form and you control the population.


BINGO, that is exactly what I was thinking. All they have to do is amend the law with a one liner and we ALL become felons!

This is not about Copyright it is about controlling the internet.

This is a law that can be used to take down internet activists in the future.

Remember what Paul Warburg said:

These fellows were not stupid. You have to give them credit. They didn't get to be where they were by being country bumpkins. They understood politics, they understood mass psychology and they played their cards exceedingly well.....

And then at the insistence of Paul Warburg who was forever the master strategist, they added several very sound provisions to the Federal Reserve Bill.... Warburg's associates said, "Paul, what are you doing? We don't want those in there this is our bill." And his response was this, he said, "Relax fellas, don't you get it? Our object is to get the bill passed. We can fix it up later." Those were his exact words. "We can fix it up later." He was so right.... Everything is temporary in politics. When people go to sleep things can get changed.

Warburg was right and they fixed it up later. The Federal Reserve Act since it was passed has been amended over 100 times. Every one of those provisions were long ago removed and many more have been added which greatly expand the power and reach of the Federal Reserve System to create money out of nothing. www.bigeye.com...


Now you understand what "Compromise" in politics is really about. It is a dog and pony show for the public, nothing more.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 11:32 AM
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Originally posted by SaturnFX
snapping some pop song on your youtube video = prison time.

Ya...erm...a bit overboard.
It's way overboard, I agree.

Some mom took video of her baby, while she just happened to have a radio playing some random song in the background from the radio station. She posted the video on youtube and the music folks went after her for it. Now she'll be a felon?

This is ridiculous!



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 11:33 AM
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Hmm and all this time I thought things couldn't get any more worse. Well, I thought wrong.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 11:43 AM
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I am mostly waiting to be amused how the bill will get rewritten to be more politically expedient....

Or how it may be used to generate sympathy for candidates who will engage in the kind of populism pablum we see every 4 years.

Ultimately it shows that corporate America is setting the law.... dare I say it?.....



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 11:55 AM
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I use streaming to preview music, if I like what I downloaded for free I go out and buy a copy because, one I like to support the artist, two itunes previews only last 30 seconds which gives you limited listening and three the hard copy is better quality than most downloaded tracks. So throw me in jail for spending hundreds of dollars on music.
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