Rather disturbing news in from a post over at ARS Technica, well more of an update as we knew this one was coming, it seems that going after P2P and file sharing is not enough for the federal government these days. Under current law, “distribution” and “reproducing” copyrighted works are felonies. It seems that what we all commonly call “streaming” falls under the category of “public performance” and is not currently a felony.
As the article indicates, this is a fulfillment of our “IP Czar’s” agenda. It seems Victoria Espinel arrived on the job with a “wish list” regarding intellectual property. Recently Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced S. 978 with, according to Thomas, a title of “A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes”. This bill intends to make “streaming” violations a felony and, if passed, violators may actually face up to 5 years in prison!
Regrettably, we can not be too specific about this legislation at this time for it seems that the actual text of the bill is not yet available. I would suggest that you contact your Senators and Representatives to see if they can get any of us a copy. Remember this is the administration that may go down as being known for being bought from you by the RIAA and MPAA. Currently the status of S. 978 is that it has been read twice and forwarded to committee. Wouldn’t it be nice if the public could read it?
Seems like a good closer for this one would be “The Creative Commons Anthem” by Rob Balder of The FuMP. You can find him and many other funny musicians at thefump.com. Rob can be found at his web site, The Fump, at Music Alley along with the rest of The FuMP, Amazon, CD Babyand i You can find Robert Balder on FaceBook, and Twitter. Links will be in the show notes and this one will be tagged S. 978. Be sure and listen to the list of podsafe musicians at the end of the song… enjoy.
- President Obama’s IP Czar Wants To Make Streamed Copyright Violations a Felony (indienation.fm)
- New bill would make it a felony to upload copyrighted content to YouTube (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- “You’re Under Arrest for Felony Streaming” (webpronews.com)
- Obama “IP czar” wants felony charges for illegal Web streaming (arstechnica.com)