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How would you feel about getting at five thousand dollar ticket and a possible five years in prison How would you feel about getting that sentence for simply uploading something copyrighted to the web such as lip sync video game footage or your childs play Some of my friends upload videos to websites such as YouTube of them lip syncing they do it for fun and out of boredom for the most part I also have friends who stream their online tournaments of games to websites for public viewing and who hasnt had a parent record their son or daughters play and possibly upload it to save it online I certainly dont want to see them go to jail andor get fined for doing such things A bill S978 has those potential effects The problem with the bill is its open-ended language The bill is very open and does not state many specifics about what is legal and what isnt I fear that this is why they believe that if the bill is passed the repercussions could be dramatic This is why the s978 bill should not be passed The bill is currently on the United States Senate floor it was proposed on May 12th 2011 and proposed by Amy Klobuchar Chris Coons and John Cornyn On the website opencongresscom it statesThe bill Makes unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty of up to five years in prison Illegal streaming of copyrighted content is defined in the bill as an offense that consists of ten or more public performances by electronic means during any one hundred eighty day period of one or more copyrighted works and has a total economic value either to the copyright holder or the infringer of at least twenty five hundred dollars OpenCongress A second read through is almost required because it seems to
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