Monday, July 18, 2011
New Senate bill targets illegal streaming of "public performances"
Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning netizens about a new bill, S. 978, introduced by Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, “A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes”, govtrack link here.
The bill focuses on the “unlawful public performance” area of copyright law, and could invite the targeting of certain kinds of sites that major corporate interests see as threatening. (Would it be illegal to post videos of, say, the music in the Capitol Fourth concert?) Possibly, YouTube streams of major performances could come under attack, maybe even embeds. Will YouTube add this bill to its "copyright school"?
Techdirt has an interesting article, “Homeland Security admits that it is the private police force of the entertainment industry,” here.
It strikes me as an ironic observation, given the current furor in Congress about deficit spending and the possibility of a national default if the debt ceiling isn’t extended, that some of our $300+ billion “obligations” for August (on top of investor interest and Social Security) is used for something like this. Was some of my own FICA tax money diverted from the Trust Fund for this “private copyright police force?” Ask the Tea Party.