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Old 06-30-2011, 10:21 PM
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Congress Wants To Make Streaming A Felony

Here they go again: Big business's lobbyists are launching another attack on Internet freedom. Senators are considering a "Ten Strikes" bill to make it a felony to stream copyrighted content -- like music in the background of a Youtube video -- more than ten times.

As the writers at TechDirt point out, under this bill you could go to jail for posting video of your friends singing karaoke:

The entertainment industry is freaking out about sites that embed and stream infringing content, and want law enforcement to put people in jail over it, rather than filing civil lawsuits.... We already pointed to one possibility: that people embedding YouTube videos could face five years in jail. Now, others are pointing out that it could also put kids who lip sync to popular songs, and post the resulting videos on YouTube, in jail as well.

That's right: Ten strikes and you could get jail time. Less than a month ago, the Hollywood industry magazine, Variety, reported, "Industry lobbyists pressed House members on Wednesday to pass legislation that would make illegal streaming of movies, TV shows and other types of content a felony...."

Only a few weeks later, the MPAA is getting its wish.

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Old 07-01-2011, 06:18 PM
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Another step in the direction of 1984.

But, of course, it's for our own good as we need to be controlled more.

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Old 07-01-2011, 08:25 PM
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Re: Congress Wants To Make Streaming A Felony

Why make streaming so easy to do then? Real Player is currently my friend for converting YouTube videos into mp3 for my ipod.

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