Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

The Government Is After You Again

Okay, you people managed to realize SOPA and ACTA was out there and did something to stop it.  Very good.

Here's your next target.

Maria Pallante is the United States Register Of Copyrights.  She's the boss of copyrights.

And she wants to make it a felony if you stream copyrighted material.

"If there is illegal streaming happening, especially in an egregious, wiffful, profit-driven kind of way, how do you get at that activity if the best that you can do is go after them for a misdemeanor?  Whether you're streaming the Super Bowl, whether you're streaming music, a movie, the point is that you don't always need to have a copy, and the consumer may not want a copy."

Congress is currently reconsidering copyright laws because of a Supreme Court ruling this week saying that people who buy books and CD's in other countries can bring them to the US.  Consumer rights groups, those of us who enjoy comics and CD's from other countries, hammers who trade little gifts with their good buddies around the world, and other celebrated this.  The Content Mafia did not, and is urging Congress to make importing things not covered by US copyright illegal.  So with the discussion open, Pallante is joining.

This means things like, if you make a YouTube video with music in the background, you could be charged with a felony (anyone doing YouTube videos has seen DMCA takedown notices or had the audio muted because they, say, made a fan tribute music video that the RIAA is upset about or, in one case, had the audio muted because of a song on their car radio as they shot with their cell phone).  Laws get abused, and the broader they are, the more likely it is to happen.

The protected market that is the entertainment industry is trying to make sure we can't do anything unless they get paid.

Now is the time to show we are not a spiggot of money for them.

Spread the word.

We must look out for each other.
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