Embedding YouTube Videos May Soon Be a Felony
Techdirt reports on Senate Bill #978: A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes – may be used to prosecute people for embedding YouTube videos. … According to Mark Masnick, if a website ’embeds’ a YouTube video, that’s determined to have ‘infringed’ on copyright and, more than 10 people view it on that website, the owner, (or others associated with the website) could face up to five years in prison. The new law, would expand copyright violations from reproducing and distributing to performing – including streaming video over the internet. This law will make people think twice, about putting up all kinds of videos, from news reports to clips from documentaries and other educational material. It doesn’t take a vivid imagination, to realize the political implications of this legislation. [Here’s The Full Text of The Bill.] So-called “secondary copyright liability” will be used to criminalize, what is now routine behavior on the internet. It will also be used by the political establishment, to eliminate the internet activity – primarily in the form of alternative media – of those who oppose, (what is shaping up to be) a totalitarian state.
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Article (March 15, 2011) From CNet News:
“White House Wants New Copyright Law Crackdown”
The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making “illegal streaming” of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers. In a 20-page white paper, (PDF) the Obama administration called on the U.S. Congress, to fix “deficiencies that could hinder enforcement” of ‘intellectual property’ laws. AGAIN; These new laws, will be used to criminalize, what is now routine behavior on the Internet. … They will be used, to eliminate the internet activity, of those who oppose, a totalitarian state.