S.978 - Commercial Felony Streaming Act

A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Commercial Felony Streaming Act as introduced.

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  • AndresReyes2nd 07/14/2011 1:10pm
    Scott, its people like you who get more people on the wrong side. First of all, the song “Halo” is on the channel “Vevo” Which is made specifically to brodcast copywritten songs on youtube. The revenue from those specific videos go to the respected place.

    Secondly, by putting music notes on paper, you are auomatically copywriting that, and by uploading a video to youtube, you are also putting that material under another license!
    Third, Youtube isnt all songs and family reunions. So many people do so many other things. I myself stream mixes as a DJ on youtube, I’m technically streaming copywritten content, but I am using it in a creative way, therefore I am protected under a creative commons license. But heres the thing, not everyone knows about creative commons, obviously the people who made this bill didnt, so people are gonna be being sewed left and right.
    In conclusion, the bill is too broad. The laws we have right now are good enough.
    Opposed, end of story.

  • TwistedAkai 07/15/2011 6:09pm

    I would just like to take a moment here to point out, the vast majority of copyrighted music I listen to on YouTube? I’ve already purchased it. It’s just easier to find on YouTube than in my library, and I like having the lyrics on screen. Plus, more than half of my CDs, I wouldn’t have gotten if I hadn’t first heard the artist through unauthorized streaming.

    This bill would shutdown net radios that play music because they want to play it. Yeah. That would be a joy. I wouldn’t discover any new artists or albums because I’d have only country radio to listen to. Not to mention this would make it a felony to Skype while listening to music or playing a game with sound on.

    And as a fun side note, I’ve seen DragonForce have their own postings of their own songs taken down, because the record label owns the copyright. Imagine if that became a felony?

  • WilliamE 07/17/2011 1:11am

    I am pretty sure the Copyright Laws say this (at least vaguely): A person is violating the copyright laws when that person is attempting to reduce sales and lower overall buisness.

    When music and TV shows are put onto Youtube or even Facebook, they are increasing the populariy of the said item or product. Most people are not trying to Purposefully hinder buisness and most instead drive buisness.

    If this law is passed, just wait and watch as Hollywood, TV shows, and other places of buisness go whining back to the Government about how sales Dropped. N-O – D-U-H.

  • jcolley 07/17/2011 2:47am

    Plain & Simple, This is psychotic NAZI insanity.

  • InsaneBeagle 07/17/2011 11:31pm

    You should also note that it was made by Vevo. Who bought there rights to upload it…

  • georgewquinn 07/18/2011 4:39pm

    Do not let big companies buy our first amendment rights and set back our internet progress several years. Take a look at who supports this bill, and who doesn’t. Then check out how much each side has paid. They have bribed our congress to take away our rights!

  • Chunmeista 07/21/2011 7:25am

    Look at the money trail. I say bribery. Those are companies. Not the general public. Congress was created to represent the general public. The passing of this bill is not the will of the general public.

    The passing of this bill would signify a huge flaw in our political system (As if it isn’t flawed already), and the slow constriction of our internet freedoms. Men and women of the congress, do not let this happen!

  • d3v 07/22/2011 7:57am

    This bill isn’t good for the companys, because they make money from people who make lets play or something!

  • MBrykein 07/31/2011 7:58pm

    You wouldn’t download a car.

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    MicroBanana0228 08/06/2011 8:32pm

    It’s not about downloading, it’s about streaming.

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    vekiorus 08/08/2011 3:33am

    I would if I could.

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    Zophie 10/24/2011 9:46pm

    What are you talking about?

  • crazyalan1988 08/04/2011 11:56am

    This bill could stop people from posting youtube videos of a lot of things, which would include things like independent games. That would be a major blow to those independant game developers, like Mojang’s Minecraft, where that is one of the strongest way that they advertise. Meanwhile, it sounds like if you even have a small clip of copyrighted video or material in your stream, it could hit you even with that. I don’t see what they are trying to accomplish except to stop people from illegally posting movies or shows that are supposed to be paid to be shown. What needs to happen with this bill is that it needs to become more focused, and not set up to cause half of youtube’s videos to become felonious.

  • joshuakeller40 08/06/2011 3:28am

    This is not going to pass.Trust me.It’s stupid.

  • joshuakeller40 08/06/2011 3:30am

    It is amazing, absolutely AMAZING how STUPID they are.They are worrying about this crap when people are loosing their houses, have no insurance due to YOUR cuts and can’t get the meds that they desperately need.

    You people are completely ridiculous.PAY ATTENTION TO THE BIG PROBLEMS DON’T IGNORE THEM!!!

  • joshuakeller40 08/06/2011 3:56am

    I can’t believe this.Really?So you are gunna put millions of people that have this stuff on YouTube in jail?Really, how do you suppose you are gunna do that?Waste MORE money this country DOESN’T have to build jails to fit all the people in?You people are just making up new bull crap bills just so you have something to do at your easy going job.Why not make a bill to limit what people can post on facebook?Apparently you have nothing better to do.

    Why are you wasting our time with this crap?Why are you so intentionally ignoring the ACTUAL problems this country has?There are enough to keep you busy for about 10 lifetimes.Like oh gee lets think about the MILLIONS of people out on their butt’s because of YOU and your bull laws/cuts.Your making cuts in Medicare, Welfare, etc to pay for crap bills that don’t do crap and will never bill accepted and you KNOW THAT!!

  • MicroBanana0228 08/06/2011 8:30pm

    Everyone knows the music and movie industry is behind this. Who is running out government? Us, or the big companies?

  • MicroBanana0228 08/06/2011 8:31pm

    It takes stupid to pass stupid.

  • wwpmmedianet 10/21/2011 9:03pm

    This is nothing more than promoting the 1% of this country.

    I am one of these Internet broadcasters who believe we pay too much in broadcast royalties as it is. We should be paying less, not more. If this bill is passed, the new media industry will die. Internet broadcasters will only be able to play music from independent bands and listeners will complain about a lack of variety.

    This is NOT the era of AM/FM radio. That died years ago with Internet podcasting and Internet broadcast stations launched. We started our stations to get away from censorship and we pay more than our fair share to be legal. We shouldn’t be punished for this.

    It’s another opportunity to screw over small businesses and the 99%.

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  • lneves 10/24/2011 5:48pm

    that still makes it the wrong approach

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  • briperez 10/24/2011 5:48pm

    We shouldn’t be mad that the music and video companies are behind this, we should be mad at those three politicians that are sponsoring the bill!

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    athenaboggs 10/25/2011 7:56pm

    That’s a little.. off don’t you think? In reality it’s the music and video companies that ARE pushing the bill through the politicians.. Didn’t you click on the money trail tab at the top..? Look at the amounts of money received by the political supporters. That’s ALL from the organization supporters, which are listed below. So if you’d like to be “mad” at the politicians, I’d instead be mad about how they’re straying as far away as possible from representing the American people.

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    Norseman055 10/25/2011 8:47pm

    what, you mean the few thousand donated against the bill doesnt match a single million dollar donation by a LAW FIRM? explain what law firms stand to gain from this other than a.) assisting in tightening the copyright laws, and b.) making a crap ton of money from prosecuting the cases for music firms as soon as it passes and thousands of people are put on trial for felonious charges?

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    Norseman055 10/25/2011 8:48pm

    btw, i was agreeing with you. didnt mean to sound so aggresively against your idea, i think youre on the right track.

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  • perpl3x3d 10/27/2011 7:29am

    This bill is pointless. Even if it were to be passed, then instead of user accounts with multiple videos, you’ll have multiple anonymous accounts uploading and streaming just as if this bill wasn’t even passed. I’m sure YouTube isn’t too excited for this bill, it just means a hell of a lot more work for them.

    Stop wasting your time, this bill is so corporate-minded it’s not even funny.

  • perpl3x3d 10/27/2011 7:43am

    Before you propose a bill to “attempt” to eliminate copyrighted works from being streamed by scaring individuals from uploading them, you should do your homework.

    Instead of deterring people from continuing to stream, you are forcing them to become more anonymous about how they go about uploading. This will not affect the number of music/video available for streaming

    So I essentially see the same thing happening with or without this bill being passed. YouTube takes down the copyrighted videos via copyright holder request. Just like they’ve been doing for years. Maybe 1 or 2 people will be the scapegoat, but this bill will NOT be effective in any manner.

    Go home, do your homework, and come back with something reasonable, reliable, and non-intrusive of basic freedoms.


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