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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  • Mortessa 07/02/2011 2:16pm

    I dislike the way this bill is worded. I realize that the INTENT of this bill is to prevent people from uploading a movie to the internet or putting copyright music on, but the way it is now, it means that people like JUSTIN BIEBER who is paid millions of dollars now, would probably NEVER have been discovered. He sang on YouTube and was noticed. If this was to pass, he could have been in Juvi for 5 years and had a massive fine, instead of training his voice and learning dance moves to swoon all the teenaged girls.

    When it comes to passing laws and using legal jargon, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to COMPLETELY understand the repercussions of what it COULD mean and not just say “yeah that sounds good”. All aspects need to be looked at because I think we all surely know that it would take far longer for Congress to pass the reform bill. Our Senators and Congressmen need to understand ALL the implications this could have.

  • iGetPoints 07/02/2011 2:44pm

    I dont understand the video game part. If I watch an ad (which cost the company money) 10% of the time I would buy it, now on the other hand if I watch a “Let’s Play” of the game on YouTube (which is free for the company unless this bill is passed) it makes me want to buy the game if I think i’ll like it

  • KearThyn 07/02/2011 2:50pm

    I think the Congress members in favor of this bill are forgetting something at the core of what makes the internet so great: animosity. How are they ever going to pin jail time and a fine on a person when all they have is ‘jakers1114ever’ to go on?

  • MrJogan 07/02/2011 3:26pm

    This bill will put so many Youtubers out of a job it isn’t funny. Game content on Youtube and sites that stream don’t hurt games at all. Heck it’s what made Minecraft make so much money.

  • MrJogan 07/02/2011 3:27pm

    @KearThyn,

    Your IP. It’s your internet address they can find anyone they want to.

  • khaluu2000 07/02/2011 3:35pm

    This discourages the video game industry so much as well as the music, dancing, and other art industry. Very ironic that the bill it meant to protect will only hurt them again….

  • shad0w 07/02/2011 4:51pm

    Congress is playing into the hands of special interests, and going the opposite way that our IP policy should be going in the age of the internet. It is quite easy to see that dracionian copyright law and restrictive barriers in the information age. This is a horrible waste of our politicians precious time in Congress. Also, the amount of big business support for this bill is simply shocking, is the music/movie industry giving Sen. Amy Klobuchar a big bonus for introducing this bill?

  • BobbyisYoda 07/02/2011 5:47pm

    Let us also take Bungie as an example. If you go onto their website, they always have links to fun montages, Rooster Teeth videos, and so on. They make their video games and love when people make game-play videos because it helps them see why people love playing. Passing this bill will completely shut that down. Companies will have little way of telling whether or not people are enjoying based on the videos created.

    I do also remember Section 107 to 118 of the copyright law (title 17, US Code), which allows for “fair use” in terms of, for example, posting footage from a game, for the sole purpose of comment, criticism, and promoting the game, not promoting the user’s channel.

    I agree to what somebody said before: this is just the first step to a Government-controlled internet, which allows for absolutely no freedom. Look out people, this isn’t a FREE COUNTRY anymore.

    Congress needs to get their heads out of their butts and work on fixing the economy, not useless crap like this bill.

  • FloridaDem11 07/02/2011 6:02pm

    This bill would help only those who are already living a lavish lifestyle, whom have ads sprinkled on the websites anyways; where as it would squelch freelancers, people who live off livestreaming, and websites like JustinTV.com. In short the bill would do MORE HARM THAN GOOD.

  • Nymphonomicon 07/02/2011 6:13pm

    Commercial gaming websites (like IGN) are exactly the type of websites that would profit from a bill like this. They receive ad revenue from traffic and have lost a considerable amount of said traffic ever since do-it-yourself game reviewers have emerged on the Internet. If this bill passes, it will wipeout all small-time game reviewers and leave the community with only corporate backed websites. I cannot think of a more transparent display of corporate influence at work.

  • Lucwhinywindboy 07/02/2011 6:20pm

    This is outrageous; many video streaming sites are already getting heat from users for removing videos with a small part of a copyrighted song. Copyright laws in the states need to relax – companies in Japan aren’t falling to pieces and their copyright laws are more relaxed.

    If even the people you’re trying to defend with this law don’t agree with it (i.e., the video game companies), then it’s a VERY BAD IDEA.

  • CaptainFreedom1776 07/02/2011 6:28pm

    This is John D. Rockefeller IV’s S. 773 on steroids!

  • Gotmilk0112 07/02/2011 7:04pm

    Yay, government trying to control the content on the internet.

  • Masque 07/02/2011 8:26pm

    Now, I have a question. I didn’t read through all the comments, so pardon me if I repeat.

    Will gamers suffer for this?

  • vlen 07/02/2011 10:15pm

    Well there is something going on, and it’s not good. People of congress, senators, majority leaders, do not try to pass this bill. Or, don’t pass the bill with the major subject that involves the gaming media. People payed for the game, and if they want to review it, they have the right to do so, if they want to see the video it is fine, after all they can still have a choice to buy it or not. Keep the movies in the bill, but leave out the games. Why aren’t you guys going to do something about it? This problem isn’t that big of a deal, if it was, why didn’t you start early? There is however, one bigger problem that started this whole mess, and you guys never tried to fix that mess. You were all cowards, it was too big of a problem to handle, but This minor problem is nothing but a stain that you can handle. The big wreck was what made USA go down the hole. Please don’t pass this bill, or take off the text that has anything to do with a game being on the internet.

  • ToastyDaMosty 07/02/2011 10:24pm

    Another case of people not knowing crap about the internet or gaming trying bash it just blunt and simple

  • shadowAaron34 07/02/2011 10:31pm

    This bill is in direct violation to the freedom of speech, and as such, should be taken down immediatly. this bill will not only disallowe people to post vids of games, evrything that has a copyright will be affected. books, movies, art, even food! this bill will hinder instead of help

  • JordanMS 07/02/2011 10:53pm

    NONO
    NO
    NO

    100% NO

  • debivort 07/02/2011 10:54pm

    This is a clear infringement on Fair Use and will utterly stifle creativity.

  • debivort 07/02/2011 10:57pm

    The scope of the bill is the problem. Video game companies, for example, thrive on people uploading streams of commentaries of in-game footage – it’s serious free advertising for them, as well as community-building. By virtue of the copyright on those games, all such videos would be subject to felony prosecution. Even if the companies don’t want it. The problem is scope and clarity.

  • Exbition 07/02/2011 11:54pm

    I support the bill, except for the video game part. The intent of the bill is because companies are loosing money. But by making gaming videos it helps the developers and promotes their game. So it makes no sense for this law to support the video game part.

    Now the other part(s) of the bill make sense. Please congress, change this.

  • Exbition 07/02/2011 11:55pm

    Yes. Majorly.

  • YoSniper 07/03/2011 12:07am

    I understand the movie, T.V. and music portion of the bill, but the video game part is absolutely ridiculous. If the government is allowed to arrest and fine somebody for making honest reviews or entertaining playthroughs of video games, even if the video game copyright owner does not care, then the entire industry will essentially go under.

    Taking down independent reviews and commentary about video games in particular only leaves review sites and companies like IGN, and if they are the only ones left, then they can crank out biased reviews and more and more buyers will find themselves getting swindled into buying bad games. And given enough time, gamers will grow tired and stop playing games altogether, and the gaming industry will have shot itself in the foot.

  • kenjis9965 07/03/2011 12:27am

    Wrote both of my Senators (New Yorker here) asking them to not support this bill. I’m an artist and all for protecting the rights of copyright holders but this bill is WAY too vague and VERY poorly written, This bill will enable “witch hunts” by the RIAA and MPAA on people who honestly havnt really commited a crime. Persons who actually cause economic damage to the industry can already be prosecuted, This bill is unnecessary

  • kenjis9965 07/03/2011 12:29am

    Agreed with this 100%

  • KenDPrim 07/03/2011 12:30am

    So essentially this bill is telling us, we have no freedom of the press for people that post video game reviews, no freedom of speech or expression for those that casually play the games or post walkthroughs for games online, we can’t sing karaoke, nor will we be able to have any sort of videos on youtube whatsoever? This bill is completely Unconstitutional, and the fact that our congress is even considering this bill makes me lose faith in the government. There are certain small companies that make a living off of videos made with clips from video games, such as Rooster Teeth, or Machinima. So if our congress wants to put people out of a job as well as limiting our freedoms, go right ahead, I can say without a doubt they will be met with resistance every step of the way.

  • Joshuarice 07/03/2011 12:33am

    I will be writing to my State Senators about this with in the next few days or so. There is going to be websites that use Videos to make reviews, cheats, and anything else to help out the people for lets say video games. I strongly believe that Youtube.com, Ign, Machinma, and any other company that uses these features will crash and burn if this bill is passed. I help out with a site that needs some of these Videos to help the site run. I for one will oppose to this and will try to reach out to anyone about this and get them to do the same. Congress, expect ALOT of people going against this.

  • The_dude_does_not_abide 07/03/2011 12:45am

    This Bill is not only ludicrous but at the same time Conflicts with Title 17, Chapter 1, section 107 of the United States code. Fair Use is there to protect individuals who utilize copyrighted footage for Criticism, Comment, News Reporting, Teaching, Scholarship, and Research. Anyone who wants to use clips from movies, video games, television shows etc. would be arrested for properly using copyrighted material. Not to mention those who utilize footage for satirical reasons, or comedic reasons, would also be facing time, for what? Making a joke? Oh yeah I’m certain someone who utilizes referential humor in their own content is worthy of being called a felon. This would make internet critics by law the equivalent to someone who’s profession is in human trafficking. This is disgusting, I’m certain guys like Doug Walker cause so much harm by making jokes about old movies you may or may not remember from the late 80’s and early 90’s. Seriously congress, why?

  • paulo345 07/03/2011 12:50am

    I understand the movie, tv and music part of this bill. However, the video game part is absurd. To begin it isnt actually copyright to post a video of video game. with a movie, u watch it on the internet instead of paying for it. For a video game, u bought that game, posted a video of it and the people who watch the video cant just play the game for free. You are actually supporting that game by showing to others, than other people buy the game so game companies make more money. companies like machinima have deals with major game companies to post video of their game, so they will be fine, but the small independent channels on youtube wont survive. I honestly dont think anyone from congress will read this, so they will never understand that the bill is incorrect

  • The_dude_does_not_abide 07/03/2011 12:51am

    And what about Riffs and Let’s Plays? Wouldn’t that make the creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000 the biggest criminals in America? Rifftrax is certainly going to go under if this get’s passed. As for Let’s Players, they’re just guys who want to play a game and record them playing a game. What’s wrong with them putting on the internet for their friends to see? Even if they somehow amass a fan base of unknowns what would banning Let’s Plays or the use of video game footage really accomplish? So you’re showing them footage of a video game they can’t play unless they purchase it? Oh no, scary, how dare someone be enticed by watching someone else have fun with a video game and wanting to purchase it themselves. This bill would cripple the industry by not allowing people to post footage of video games or movies. Especially the more obscure titles in both industries, musicians would also be crippled, less free advertisement, less fans, less ticket sales, less money.


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