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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.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 23rd, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
I have loved it (not) when we perform our own stuff in the theatre company and on venue booking paperwork I have formally grant myself a licence to use my own stuff.
Mar. 24th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Bureaucracy. You gotta love it.

I'm not sure if you're much of a computer gamer, but did you ever play Douglas Adams' computer game Bureaucracy? Where you are trying to get the government to acknowledge a change of address form? I didn't know whether to laugh at Adams' wit or cry because I was seeing the future.
Mar. 24th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
I dont do computer games... but bureaucracy is to the point of insanity
Mar. 24th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
its even better that on occasion they then get upset that when I license myself to use my own work, that I have signed the permission myself....
Mar. 24th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
“The world is absolutely out of control now and is not going to be saved by any reason or unreason.”

- Robert Lowell
Mar. 25th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Reposted on LiveJournal and Facebook.
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