Senators Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos

from the not-understanding-the-technology dept

Okay, this is just getting ridiculous. A few weeks back, we noted that Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons had proposed a new bill that was designed to make "streaming" infringing material a felony. At the time, the actual text of the bill wasn't available, but we assumed, naturally, that it would just extend "public performance" rights to section 506a of the Copyright Act.

Supporters of this bill claim that all it's really doing is harmonizing US copyright law's civil and criminal sections. After all, the rights afforded under copyright law in civil cases cover a list of rights: reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works or perform the work. The rules for criminal infringement only cover reproducing and distributing -- but not performing. So, supporters claim, all this does is "harmonize" copyright law and bring the criminal side into line with the civil side by adding "performance rights" to the list of things.

If only it were that simple. But, of course, it's not. First of all, despite claims to the contrary, there's a damn good reason why Congress did not include performance rights as a criminal/felony issue: because who would have thought that it would be a criminal act to perform a work without permission? It could be infringing, but that can be covered by a fine. When we suddenly criminalize a performance, that raises all sorts of questionable issues.

Furthermore, as we suspected, in the full text of the bill, "performance" is not clearly defined. This is the really troubling part. Everyone keeps insisting that this is targeted towards "streaming" websites, but is streaming a "performance"? If so, how does embedding play into this? Is the site that hosts the content guilty of performing? What about the site that merely linked to and/or embedded the video (linking and embedding are technically effectively the same thing). Without clear definitions, we run into problems pretty quickly.

And it gets worse. Because rather than just (pointlessly) adding "performance" to the list, the bill tries to also define what constitutes a potential felony crime in these circumstances:
the offense consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works
So yeah. If you embed a YouTube video that turns out to be infringing, and more than 10 people view it because of your link... you could be facing five years in jail. This is, of course, ridiculous, and suggests (yet again) politicians who are regulating a technology they simply do not understand. Should it really be a criminal act to embed a YouTube video, even if you don't know it was infringing...? This could create a massive chilling effect to the very useful service YouTube provides in letting people embed videos.


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    Colin (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:31am

    So, which campaign worker for which Senator will be the first to go to jail for embedding an infringing video during an election?

     

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      DogBreath, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:34pm

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      We can only hope it is one in which someone sings "Happy Birthday", without paying the commensurate fee for performing the song. They call that a "two for the price of one" in the legal community.

      Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons soon to be released statment: "Those song embedding non-fee paying, think they own the world, singing pirates really chap my hide. Who do they think they are??? People with rights and laws that are governed and practiced by common sense? Not after we're done with them."

       

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      RD, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:55pm

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      "So, which campaign worker for which Senator will be the first to go to jail for embedding an infringing video during an election?"

      Exactly zero, because our corrupt elected officials always ignore the very constitution and laws they are sworn to uphold, and which you can bet your sweet aunt Mary's ASS they hold you and I and the general public to.

       

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      Calvert, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 11:25am

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      None, of course. They'll simply write in an exemption for themselves, similar to the exemption they wrote in for themselves with the Do Not Call registry legislation.

       

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      Giovanni, Jul 18th, 2011 @ 5:33pm

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      Sorry but diplomats/government officals are immune to the law.Just look at the Blagojevich trail. He tried to sell Obama's senate seat and guess what? "The case rests" all charges dropped, got off scott free.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 26th, 2011 @ 1:39am

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      nah, politicians, families, friends, contributors, and staff are exempt;)

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:39am

    It makes a lot of sense, and would put dramatic pressure on YouTube to better police their video content.

    There is no chilling effect, as the content isn't legal to start with. Embedding could continue without issue, providing YouTube does a better job of assuring that they have rights to the content they re-license to other websites in this manner.

     

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      rubberpants, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:41am

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      What are you, an entertainment industry lawyer?

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:44am

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      Pressure for what? The courts have already said that YouTube doesn't have to do a better job of policing.

      Why are you so intent on punishing a company that is already cleared by the court system?

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:46am

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        The courts may have said so under the current laws, but that would not block YouTube from being liable for damages from people who face legal problems from using YouTube embedded clips. That is the difference.

         

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          Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:51am

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          So, Youtube has been deemed legal and not responsible to police their network for infringement, yet they are liable if someone uses a link to the video?

          I'm not going to be nice on this question: What the fuck is wrong with you?

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 12:42am

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            legal laws and civil laws do not always line up. You can be found innocent completely of murder, and then be forced to pay damages in Civil court, which happens often

             

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          PRMan, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:48am

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          Even Viacom themselves could not tell the court which videos they uploaded and had "permission" and which ones did not. How would anyone expect YouTube to do what the copyright holder themselves could not do?

          It will be interesting to see individuals trying to use this against the TV shows which routinely steal their viral videos.

           

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            chris (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:59am

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            Even Viacom themselves could not tell the court which videos they uploaded and had "permission" and which ones did not. How would anyone expect YouTube to do what the copyright holder themselves could not do?

            you guys keep getting caught up on the fact that policing youtube for infringement is impossible. we know that. hollywood knows that. we know they know. they know that we know. it's been firmly established. it's time to move on...

            ...to the fact that despite the fact that it's impossible, hollywood still wants youtube gone. if they can't change the law to punish google, they will change the law to punish youtube's users. and if they can't do that, they'll change the law in some other fashion.

            and if the law cannot be changed, the law will be ignored and hollywood will take matters into its own hands.

             

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              Tom L, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 4:57pm

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              'Hollywood' barely has enough money to put up real TV shows anymore that aren't variations on American Idol or the Kardashians. The ad revenue is dropping like a rock, which is why good shows with ratings still get cancelled every year. Let them try to 'take things into their own hands' they don't have the funds.

              They never did... that's why they have gov't using YOUR MONEY to police you for their specious claims of copyright. It's all a big circle jerk and we're the jerks paying for it.

              Ta,

               

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                Jay (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:01pm

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                Thing is, you're actually right.

                And while we're fighting the government, the ones that are requesting this are getting off scot free.

                Hmmm... Wonder what would happen if we sued the MPAA for just such laws?

                 

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            Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:11pm

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            Infringement is like obscenity, you know it when you see it?

             

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            rabidgoat, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 4:38pm

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            most of the viral videos arent copyrighted, and EMBEDDING is whats criminal. So youtube isn't obligated to police it. This is about suppression of information. What do you the Google AND ZUCKERBURG were doing at G8? being told: " Dont worry, this wont effect you income. We just want to prosecute people who are spreading info that contradicts what we spoonfeed the masses through mainstreem media. And we are such nice DICTATORS, that We will let NSA and HOMELAND SECURITY police it for you for FREE!!!! :) I WANT TO MOVE TO MARS.

             

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            Anonymous Coward, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 7:13am

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            Yes, Tosh.0 could be in trouble for this.

             

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      Nathan F (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:46am

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      Unless the major collection agencies are going to start paying YouTube to the money needed to fund content checkers, the responsibility still lies on the copyright holders to police and submit their take down notices as the current law says they have to.

       

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      Joe Publius (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:46am

      Yeah, it makes TONS of sense

      You know what makes even more sense? Increasing the world's largest prison population with an influx of the least violent criminals* in the world for up to 5 years at a time.

      *That is until they have no choice but to join prison gangs and learn how to stab someone to death with a toothbrush.

       

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        ts, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:54am

        Re: Yeah, it makes TONS of sense

        And they'll probably free some child molesters to make room for the pirates...

         

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          Joe Publius (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:07pm

          Re: Re: Yeah, it makes TONS of sense

          And on top of that ts, Mickey's Law requires all IP infringers to report themselves to local law enforcement when moving to a new community, online or physical.

          Ever have the fear that some dope out there came up with the same idea, and thinks it's good thing?

           

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        Josh, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 9:27am

        Re: Yeah, it makes TONS of sense

        It makes tons of sense. The for profit prisons want as many non-violent(Pot smokers, people unable to pay their debts, copyright infringers etc.) prisoners as possible. The violent prisoners and the prisoners that have medical needs are left for the state to house. That way the private prisons are easier to maintain, make a better profit and have less risk of riots. The tax payer still pays for both but now some business man also get his share of the prison profits.

         

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        Fat twinkie, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 4:03am

        Re: Yeah, it makes TONS of sense

        Yea true but it not just criminals also little kids who post vidios of them selfs singing and other stuff going to a prison. There want them little ones to get raped or like u said join gangs and start using drugs

         

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          MajikChicken, Jul 5th, 2011 @ 9:48am

          Re: Re: Yeah, it makes TONS of sense

          You see what's wrong with that? The majority of "infringers" are UNDER the age of 18, thus these "infringers" cannot go to jail. Especially the 7-8-9 year-old's who can't read the cursive these bills are written in. Law makers, see the problem with your laws? They're targeted at people who really can't be punished (well, not legally).

           

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 26th, 2011 @ 1:41am

        Re: Yeah, it makes TONS of sense

        that is how the 1% plans for US to compete against china ;)

         

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      The eejit (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:49am

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      So, no fucking difference whatsoever, then. Really. Go ahead. Show me why it is different. I'll wait.

       

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      Dark Helmet (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:51am

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      "There is no chilling effect, as the content isn't legal to start with. Embedding could continue without issue, providing YouTube does a better job of assuring that they have rights to the content they re-license to other websites in this manner."

      Listen, you dolt, the chilling effect will be on those EMBEDDING the links. They will be the ones charged under this bill, not YouTube, and they certainly can't police the videos they're embedding.

      Seriously, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills....

       

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        Joe Publius (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:56am

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        Seriously, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills....

        Actually it's the fluorodated water. It's a little known fact that it turns 0.001% of the population into civil libertarians with free market tendencies and nice teeth.

         

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          Chris Rhodes (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:34am

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          I'm a fan of the theory that civil libertarianism "happens" to people. People are all about fellating authority until a SWAT team crashes through their front door, shoots their already-caged dog (and maybe one of their children), throws them to the ground at gunpoint, and demands to know where their illegally downloaded movies are.

          Libertarianism happens to people real quick after that.

           

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          Robert M, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 6:48pm

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          So what you are saying is, if we upped the fluoridation by more than 10,000%, we could actually start turning the whole population SANE!?! SWEET!

          (Sane by our definition being civil libertarians with free market ideals)

           

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          Dan, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 5:52pm

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          Civil Libertarians? Do you even have a clue what a libertarian is before throwing that out there? Apparently not. Since libertarians lobby for LESS laws and LESS regulation for everyone. Including the removal of the federal government from state affairs.

          This bill violates everything a libertarian holds dear. 1st amendment and 10th amendment violations up the wazoo.

          Lastly: this would be next to impossible to police, assuming it is enacted, and would not pass constitutional muster anyway. Just like all those sharing cases a few years ago, they are no longer targeting the downloaders or sharers, but the providers of the content or networks.

           

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        Shadow16nh, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 5:06pm

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        People who upload innocuous covers to YouTube and those who may link to them elsewhere will be absolutely unaffected by it.

        http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110601/01515014500/senators-want-to-put-people-jail-embedd ing-youtube-videos.shtml#c3390

         

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      No6655321, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:53am

      Yet...

      Yet we can play a video at home for friends to watch? Why not online? What's the difference?

      What's the difference in getting a movie from the library (yea, you can do that) for free and temporarily downloading one online?

      What's the difference between loaning someone a DVD and sending them a copy online?

      NONE! It's bs.

       

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        Tom L, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 4:51pm

        Re: Yet...

        And all of this is why copyright law is stupid and counter-productive. At the end of the day in order to enforce IP one has to infringe on the real property of someone else.

        It's the 70's all over again, and tape decks are going to destroy the world.

        Ta,

         

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        Mike, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 3:39pm

        Re: Yet...

        Actually, the difference between loaning a DVD and sending them a copy, is that when you loan a DVD, there's still only 1 copy. When you send a copy, it creates 2. If you burn your friend a DVD, that's piracy, and that is the same as sending a electronic copy.

         

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      :Lobo Santo (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:03am

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      Are you retarded?

       

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      HothMonster, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:05am

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      http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/03/oops-pow-surprise24-hours-of-video-all.html

      24 hours worth of video is uploaded to youtube every 60 seconds , no that shouldnt be hard to police at all. It would just take 3 people per seconds a day working 8 hour shifts 7 days a week. So thats only 259,200 full time jobs. No policing this stuff shouldn't be an issue.

      This is where you say they can devise a program to do it for you. If you think this is an achievable task you don't understand what you are dealing with. First of all since we can't make a program that is 100% effective at scanning text I doubt we will be building one any time soon for video. Second what is this program to do, compare a video file in any format with a database of all video every copyrighted in every format?

      You can not accurately police that much data, its the copyright holders work if they want to police it they can go right ahead the system is there for them.

       

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        Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:09am

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        24 hours worth of video is uploaded to youtube every 60 seconds

        That's last years stats. Its doubled to 48 hours of video uploaded per minute.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:47pm

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        Actually, it would be remarkably easy to police.

        Require each user submitting a video to set up an account, using two pieces of state issued ID to confirm who they are. Each time they want to upload a video, they would be required to fill in a document that states the source of the video, any backgroup music used, and a list of people who appear in the video. If the video promotes anything including links to a website, a model release document would be required for each person in the video.

        If the video is news style, taking in a public place of the event, they would have to disclose that information, date, time, location.

        Any failure in this documentation would make the poster liable, and YouTube would agree to provide poster information in response to DMCA notifications, so that the legal action can be taken directly with the content provider.

        YouTube's legal issues would be resolved, and their need to police content removed. It would be much easier to verify 1 million uploaders than it would be to check a million videos a day.

         

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          DogBreath, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:01pm

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          Don't forget to send in your first molar by age 10 to the Cardassian Bureau of Identification, it is in the best interest of the people after all.

           

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          A Monkey with Atitude, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:54pm

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          Wow, and that would work, once, then Youtube dies, and/or moves out of the Prison that was known as the USA.... FFS i hope you forgot a sarc mark on that one... cause that stupidity should be reserved for lawyers, minutes before we get to hit them with a sack of dead rats....

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:21pm

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          What if we don't know what the background music that was used?
          Or if the background music is licensed? Is that really my problem? No, it's not.

          If I am on a tropical island and I am recording how the waves break against the rocks, and there is music playing that isn't from any device on my person, or owned by me, are you saying that I really have to go to jail for 5 years for posting it on youtube?

          What if the manager of the tropical island had already paid for licensing the music for public performance? Are you seriously saying that you will send me to jail?


          F-U and your stupid music. I don't need it.

           

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          HothMonster, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:27pm

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          "Any failure in this documentation would make the poster liable"

          The poster is already liable so why the mountain of paperwork?

          "using two pieces of state issued ID to confirm who they are"
          How do i show my computer my drivers license? If I just scan it in what prevents me from scanning a blank piece of paper or a fake id? So now google needs to employ hundreds of thousands of employs to review account applications instead of watch videos.

          "much easier to verify 1 million uploaders"
          try 30 million, with millions of new accounts being created daily because their old one was shut down for paperwork failure.


          Its not like the people couldn't still post infringing videos and that it would still be impossible for google to know until someone points it out. This wouldn't prevent anyone from infringing, you could still spoof the application process and your video would stay up until reported much as it does now.

          Like most anti-piracy schemes all this does is make it harder for legitimate users to use the site and does nothing that will actually prevent piracy, make it easier to identify or easier to remove than it currently is.

          Who wants using youtube to be harder than renewing your drivers licensee?

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:21pm

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            The poster isn't liable because YouTube works hard to make sure the poster isn't readily identifiable, doesn't require posters to provide ID before posting, and won't easily provide the information they do have to rights holders without legal fights.

            The theoretical liablity to the poster doesn't work in reality, because there is no connection, just a really big company profiting off of questionable content and playing in the DMCA gap zone.

             

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          FuzzyDuck, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:49pm

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          Why don't you start by showing us two pieces of state issued ID before posting here, mr. Anonymous?

          Why would people posting their own stuff have to jump through all those hoops? How do you show your IDs to a website anyway.

          Also the ability to post things anonymously is essential for democracy for instance for those fighting for freedom in their own countries (think of China or Russia) where revealing the truth can get you killed.

           

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          btr1701 (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 4:04pm

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          > Require each user submitting a video to set up
          > an account, using two pieces of state issued ID
          > to confirm who they are.

          How do you use state ID online? (Keep in mind that it's a crime in every state to copy or otherwise duplicate a government ID card, so scanning or otherwise uploading an image of one is out.)

          > YouTube's legal issues would be resolved, and
          > their need to police content removed.

          If any of that nonsense were imposed by law on YouTube, its legal issues (and those of the government it would immediately sue) would only be beginning as what you've proposed pretty much flies in the face of 200+ years of 1st Amendment jurisprudence.

           

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          Prisoner 201, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 2:41am

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          I live in europe so I dont have a state ID. But hey, if this gets implemented there will be a ton of ID card generators available, so I'm good.

           

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          r04r, Jun 15th, 2011 @ 4:09pm

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          whats stopping me from filling every form with dhgfkrejaydu hbcdfreyugcvaduskyvgkhcdbvgs q;q'w8yu ui89=3[-hn3bwubv9e4b3927-6htpivygbf74r7vg[4u?
          your a dumbass, and it is impossible to convey how much i want to shove my foot up your ass right now

           

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          MajikChicken, Jul 5th, 2011 @ 10:08am

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          Do you realize that youtube is worldwide? Thus people in china WOULDN'T get a "state issued id" which would then tumble your idea.

           

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        Steve, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 6:51am

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        So by passing this legislation the politicians are creating (the need for YouTube to create) over 250,000 jobs! Imagine how that'll look in their campaign ads!
        \end{sarcasm}

         

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        GrMaw76, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 5:57pm

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        OH, please! - do not give BO oops OB any ideas. This hiring of so many more gubmt employees. Would surely take care of his "jobs promises"!!

         

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        GrMaw76, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:23pm

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        OH please!! Don't give BO - oops - ob an excuse to hire more people! He sure could use this as a way to fulfill his promise (?) to "create more jobs"!!!!!!!

         

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      Not their job, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:09am

      Is it a driver's responsibility to pull over other drivers who are speeding? Of course not.

      In exactly the same way, it's not YouTube's responsibility to police their site for infringement, it never has been. Since your basic premise that they need to do that is wrong, your entire argument that this is a good thing is also horribly wrong.

       

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      Brendan (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:10am

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      I don't think that you understand chilling effects. The problem is that content that is/should be freely usable would be blocked due to a concern about a slim chance of massive liabilty.

      It is not possible to determine a priori whether a given clip is "licensed" or infringinging or not. It depends on a huge number of inputs, most of which are not at youtubes disposal, and even less available to the user who embeds the clip.

      To reduce risk, people err onto the side of blocking or not using content. That's a chilling effect.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:28am

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      It's funny how you claim there will be no chilling effect *while describing chilling effects.*

       

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      Ron Rezendes (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:00pm

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      Ok you moron - I've listened to the drivel from the gaping mouth AC gang for so long that I really wish the "Troll Bill" would be passed and be so short sighted as to put you and your talk-out-of-your-ass type in jail with each other without food or water! Just leave you rot until you kill each other off - you really are that ridiculous that I wish some of your own kind would do you harm!

      The damn producers of the content can't even tell/decide what material is infringing and you want some third party to figure this out?? Or, just because someone says it's infringing it should automatically be taken down without any proof or due diligence??

      Here's a paper towel...wipe your face off when you pull it out of your ass! Jesus Christ on a cracker - I wish that the sheer stupidity that spews from you was physically painful so I could enjoy the sound of you screaming in agony!

       

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      Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:20pm

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      I know many of us that frequent this blog think we know quite a bit about infringement and what not but I would go to say that, for the most part, the average joe citizen uploader doesn't have much of a clue.

      Likely scenario: Trevor is shooting some video with his smartphone of his buddies at a ragin' party playing beer pong. Somebody makes an awesome shot. Trevor uploads the video to YouTube or Facebook. Three weeks later, a jackbooted SWAT kick down the door, shoot his dog, handcuff the guy, and say he is under arrest for criminal copyright infringement by public performance because Lady Gaga was playing in the background of his party video. Five years in prison! Is this reasonable at all! Under this proposal, this can and will happen, as we have seen authorities willing to go to extremes to help the content industries criminalize everyone.

       

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      Andrew F, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:38pm

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:39am

      The chilling effect would have the greatest effect on fair use. There's a lot of content that toes the line on copyright. Raising the penalty for getting the line wrong deters people who probably are on the right side of the law but aren't entirely sure and don't want to risk it.

       

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      Andrew F, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:38pm

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:39am

      The chilling effect would have the greatest effect on fair use. There's a lot of content that toes the line on copyright. Raising the penalty for getting the line wrong deters people who probably are on the right side of the law but aren't entirely sure and don't want to risk it.

       

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      Gwiz (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:20pm

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      Embedding could continue without issue, providing YouTube does a better job of assuring that they have rights to the content they re-license to other websites in this manner.

      This sounds like just one more ploy from the legacy gatekeepers to have Google pay to police their content.

       

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      Wulfman (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:18pm

      you are an idiot

      A link. Embedding. Same thing. You as a linker/embedder are NOT streaming it from your site. YOUTOOB is. you are merely providing a link to whomever is sourcing the content.
      So what you are saying is that LINKING is a crime ? OMFG SHEESH.

       

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      btr1701 (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:57pm

      Re:

      > It makes a lot of sense, and would put dramatic
      > pressure on YouTube to better police their
      > video content.

      You mean, pressure to do something they've been found not legally obligated to do?

       

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      dirk diggler, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:35am

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      yeah it's genius! it totally puts tons of pressure on youtube to police themselves! OH WAIT. that's right. it puts no pressure on youtube whatsoever, and puts all of the pressure on average internet users to know whether content is infringing. you're quite the ignoramus. why would youtube care about policing itself better if it faces no penalty for not doing so? out of some benevolent motherly care for its web visitors? i think not.

       

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        iBelieve, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:53am

        Re: Re:

        Maybe its the Industry who owns majority stock in Youtube they have this all neat and tidy.. The money comes from the masses, right? Why spank Youtube?

         

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      Your a troll, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:54am

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:39am

      No chilling effect? Youtube employees could face felonies! How does that not have a chilling effect?

       

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      Your a troll, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:54am

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:39am

      No chilling effect? Youtube employees could face felonies! How does that not have a chilling effect?

       

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      Ken, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 9:08am

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      Oh yeah are prisons are over-crowded and they are having to release violent criminals now. Just think of how things will be when we start filling our prisons full of down-loaders and streamers?

       

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      icetrout, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:25pm

      Re: Anonymous Moron...

      Move to China U commie-puke.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 10:26am

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:39am

       

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      Anonymous Coward Disliker, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 4:41pm

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      You are either a clueless internet user or a slimey shyster lawyer for the industry. God people are so lame. Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons are bought and paid for a**holes for the recording industry. They don;t even understand the law or it's implications but were just told to support it for "X" amount of cash. They are truly disgusting elected officials

       

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      Joe, Jun 9th, 2011 @ 7:00pm

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      ridiculous... each video has the option of "NOT" being embeddable... It should be up to the person who uploaded their video to activate this feature if they do not want their content embedded... This is a clear cut case against freedom of speech and freedom of the press... WAKE UP!

       

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      I pity the fool, Jun 15th, 2011 @ 12:40pm

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      LOL wut

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 15th, 2011 @ 3:46pm

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      lol why you so retarded?

       

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      Shadow16nh, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 5:05pm

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      People who upload innocuous covers to YouTube and those who may link to them elsewhere will be absolutely unaffected by it.

      http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110601/01515014500/senators-want-to-put-people-jail-embedd ing-youtube-videos.shtml#c3390

       

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      not you, Jun 30th, 2011 @ 10:57pm

      Re:

      really you must be retarded this would mess up a lot of things you probably dont understand google it before you post somthing stupid

       

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      GravemindZombie, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 12:25am

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      Youtube will most likely do what they've always done when threatened by lawyers. Delete video's left and right without any investigation....

       

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      Anonymous, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 3:25am

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      See, what I don't think you understand is because of this bill's crappy wording, it now beomes illegal to videotape your 5 year old's cute rendition of, say, "Poker Face" and post it on Youtube. Now say that this video goes viral. You are now facing a jail sentence. Does this seem fair to you?

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 8:57pm

      Re: um...

      You're kidding right?! You want a strict policed internet, the whole point of it was to be free. Not to mention its defiling the first amendment....

       

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      You sir are an idiot, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 11:55pm

      Re: Really?

      What you're trying to suggest is that Youtube is not allowed to play videos anymore of anything that is copyrighted. So hell, why not let it be legal to upload a video on a device that is copyrighted, you dumbass

       

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      StoryMode, Jul 9th, 2011 @ 8:46am

      But what is and isn't an issue with the bill?

      YouTube takes down footage that's copyright, usually after the company tells them to. Which is good, we don't want to harm film makers and musicians by taking away their works. But what about gameplay footage?

      I watched minecraft videos before I got the game, and they are what encouraged that. The creator himself stated that if the bill does pass he'd issue a Term Of Service clause allowing players to do place videos of his game online (http://notch.tumblr.com/post/7152523035/bill-s-978)

      But game developers that don't have online games can't put out a term of service because it isn't a service but a product, and releasing copyright would allow pirates to steal game code. This bill would simply cheat them out of advertising.

      It should be revised to be a bit more specific I think, and give more power to the companies so they can pursue and take legal action against copyright infringement without taking it out of their hands and placing it in the U.S. Governments I would think.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 15th, 2012 @ 9:37am

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      no

       

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    Joe Publius (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:43am

    Dreams Dashed

    I guess my long dreamed-of career as a busker is pretty much toast, huh?

     

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      MajikChicken, Jul 5th, 2011 @ 9:32am

      Re: Dreams Dashed

      Yeah, I'm a busker too. And I happen to get recorded. I also play minecraft. WTF am I supposed to do?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:44am

    More law is not good law.

     

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      PlagueSD, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:15pm

      Re:

      I know Moore's Law. Doesn't that say that the average intellegence of politicians drops by 50% every 2 years...Or something like that...


      /sarcasm

       

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    iamtheky (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:44am

    can you, in a legal sense, have simultaneous private performances, or is there precedent already establishing that as public?

    imho, just because the media is publicly available, doesnt necessarily make every viewing a "public performance"

     

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    Desco (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:54am

    How public policy works now

    1. Write/pass bad law at the behest of your biggest campaign contributors.
    2. When people complain about bad law, raise a boatload of cash on the promise to fix it.
    3.... well there is no step 3 because you don't actually DO anything about it, because then what would you campaign on and raise cash for?

     

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    John Doe, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:57am

    Lets talk about the punishment fitting the crime

    So I drink and drive and kill someone, I get 2 maybe 3 years in jail. I embed a YouTube video that more than 10 people see and I can get 5 years. Yea, that sounds about right. Surely nobody can argue that a human life is worth more than 10 people watching a YouTube video where not harm, economic or otherwise, was done can they?

     

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      :Lobo Santo (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:08am

      Re: Lets talk about the punishment fitting the crime

      1 human life is valued at around 9 million dollars in the United States--that's the pro-rated amount of economic benefit the country expects to see, on average, per person.

      Now, given that the value of something copyrighted far-and-away exceeds 9 million dollars (in the eyes of some, it's like 25 million or something for a 5 minute copyrighted clip, right?) it makes perfect sense for the jail-time on copyright infringement to be double or triple that of murder/manslaughter.

      /sarc...?

       

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        Ron Rezendes (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:02pm

        Re: Re: Lets talk about the punishment fitting the crime

        They'd need to kill a family of three to get to the break even point - roughly!

         

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          Hephaestus (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:04pm

          Re: Re: Re: Lets talk about the punishment fitting the crime

          "They'd need to kill a family of three to get to the break even point"

          You need to throw in killing the family pet. The animal cruelty charge would put them over the break even point.

           

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        Robert M, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 6:53pm

        Re: Re: Lets talk about the punishment fitting the crime

        You also have to realize that private individuals are automatically protected by copyright protection on their original works. I upload a video of my cat jumping off the sofa and you think it's cute, so you download a copy (I recommend FreeStudio from dvdvideosoft.com), then re-upload it and share it with 11 facebook friends....you're a felon, and I can wring you out. But despite these protections, who has to time to do that?

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:50pm

      Re: Lets talk about the punishment fitting the crime

      You should change your first name to Dil. You compare a typical first offender DWI involuntary homicide sentence to the MAXIMUM sentence under the proposed streaming bill. FUD much? What's the maximum federal sentence for homicide with a vehicle (it's not necessarily involuntary manslaughter) probably on the order of 20 years or even life.

       

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        btr1701 (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 4:10pm

        Re: Re: Lets talk about the punishment fitting the crime

        > What's the maximum federal sentence for
        > homicide with a vehicle

        There's no such thing as a federal vehicular manslaughter law. That's a matter of state law.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 6:49pm

        Re: Re: Lets talk about the punishment fitting the crime

        In my state vehicular homicide is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years.

        A serious question: exactly what class felony would this be under this law?

         

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    rubberpants, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:57am

    There's definitely an effort here, in general, by copyright maximalists to define as much as possible as a "public performance" due to the increased penalties associated with it. I think this is a clear perversion of the law. How is a guy watching a video over the Internet at home in his sweat pants a public performance? These outdated laws need to be repealed anyway.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:58am

    You do realize, of course, what constitutes a "public performance" under Title 17? It is much more circumscribed than you may want persons to believe who read your article.

    Remember, "performance" is modified by "public".

     

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      jason, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:11am

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      Remember, "coward" is modified by "anonymous".

       

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      Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:16am

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      You do realize, of course, what constitutes a "public performance" under Title 17? It is much more circumscribed than you may want persons to believe who read your article.

      Are you claiming that embedding a video would not be considered a public performance? It certainly looks like it would be based on my reading of the law.


      To perform or display a work “publicly” means —

      (1) to perform or display it at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered; or

      (2) to transmit or otherwise communicate a performance or display of the work to a place specified by clause (1) or to the public, by means of any device or process, whether the members of the public capable of receiving the performance or display receive it in the same place or in separate places and at the same time or at different times.


      That certainly seems to encompass linking/embedding.

      But, you know, if you actually wanted to be *helpful* rather than obliquely and vaguely insisting that I got something wrong, you would explain what you actually mean.

      Why you never do that, I'll never quite understand. I guess it's easier to insult people if you don't have to explain your statements.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:13pm

        Re: Re:

        You are so wrong and here is a list of reasons why.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:13pm

        Re: Re:

        I made a simple observation, and nothing more.

        To your point re YouTube and its inference that the Sword of Damocles hangs over the head of those making otherwise ordinary YouTube postings, the best a right's holder could hope for is that Section 506(a)(1)(B) applies, which, of course, requires that the act have been "willfull", a subjective standard that requires actual knowledge (See, e.g., GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES, INC., ET AL. v. SEB S. A., decided by the USSC on 5/31/2011).

        Read whatever you may wish into my comments, but do understand that they are not made with an intent to "insult".

         

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          FUDbuster (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 6:51am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Right. And correct me if I'm wrong, but streaming is already a misdemeanor. Do you see people getting arrested for posting YouTube videos? No. Then why would anyone think that once they make it a felony--with a higher threshold than the misdemeanor version--all of the sudden YouTube posters are going to be rounded up and jailed? It's all total FUD. It's ridiculous. It's things like this that do not help the credibility of those saying it, if you catch my drift.

           

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        Will, Jun 21st, 2011 @ 12:46pm

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        Well said jason!

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Jul 4th, 2011 @ 8:21pm

        Re: Re:

        Not sure what the "public performance" guy is going on about, but if I'm reading the bill correctly, all it does is specify additional penalties in Title 18 Section 2319(b) to use when charging people for committing offences under Title 17 Section 506(a)1(A) - "if the infringement was committed ... for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain".

        Yes, this is a big deal if you're running sleezy-payperview-relay.tv (and I suspect that's what this is targeting) but if you're uploading Minecraft tutorials? Probably hard to demonstrate the financial motivation there.

         

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        Loki Rainman, Jul 5th, 2011 @ 4:47pm

        Re: Re:

        So I could construe this law to mean that your favorite local cover band that is playing in a club that has a video camera trained on the band and ten or more video monitors around the club "rebroadcasting" the public performance would make at least the band, if not the club, liable and this we could end up with both musicians and club owners in jail for felonies while the guys in the back snorting coke or serving drinks to underage kids go free.

         

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      rabid goat, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 4:28pm

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      WAIT...What does this have to do with foreskin??

       

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      rabid goat, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 4:31pm

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      WAIT...What does this have to do with foreskin??

       

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    Ima Fish (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:09am

    "When we suddenly criminalize a performance, that raises all sorts of questionable issues."

    That would be scary, but it's a good thing that copyright is completely compatible with the first amendment.

     

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      Modplan (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:23am

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      Did you know that it's because copyright and the first amendment were written at similar times that they're perfectly compatible and in balance?

      I nearly didn't believe it myself. It even applies if the laws are changed!

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:34am

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      When will you learn that they don't care about the constitution?

       

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:19am

    Don't Be Silly

    It's not like they're going to lock up every soccer mom who posts a YouTube video to her FaceBook wall. Nah, there would be public outrage then. More likely, they'll just prosecute the uppity ones. Have you recently been publicly critical of a politician? Did you "Like" WikiLeaks on FaceBook? Do you submit code to open source projects like Tor? Well then, they're going to be searching through your blog links very carefully.

    "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt."

     

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      John Doe, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:37am

      Re: Don't Be Silly

      Your second paragraph sums up exactly what I feel about how things are going in the US. It is far easier for the government to control someone once they make a criminal out of them. The sad thing is, the sheeple are all to willing to have more laws passed and more things criminalized.

       

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        Hephaestus (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:12pm

        Re: Re: Don't Be Silly

        "Your second paragraph sums up exactly what I feel about how things are going in the US."

        Its actually a quote from from Ayn Rand.

         

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          Chris Rhodes (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:28pm

          Re: Re: Re: Don't Be Silly

          I put it in quotes but I purposefully left the attribution out because people get brain lock when they see her name, and I really wanted to express my agreement with the sentiment rather than get into an irrelevant argument about what people thought of her personally or the rest of her philosophy.

          But now you've ruined that, haven't you! ;)

           

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      Emilio, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:22pm

      Re: Don't Be Silly

      I refer to it as Tyranny by Selective Enforcement.

       

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      kevin vaughan, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 8:59am

      Re: Don't Be Silly

      Holy Crap! Did you pull this line straight out of the movie "Masked and Anonymous"? If not, buy a copy right now, you'll love it!

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:43am

    Well you Americans put people in prison for less http://www.economist.com/node/16636027 So, I don't see a problem with this what so ever.

     

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    Jordan (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 11:53am

    Coming this fall to Fox

    Cops: MPAA Edition

     

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      Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:07pm

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      Cop 1: "We're here to arrest one [redacted] on the charge of using the imbedding feature of youtube for a public performance of three Lady Gaga songs. If found guilty, he will spend up to 15 years in jail. We got the tip from..."

      Cop 2: "What's that squeaking noise coming from inside the house?"

      Cop 1: "They may be trying to destroy evidence. Bust down the door"

      *Bam*

      Cop 2: "Oh, you never want to see that."

      Cop 1: "You're both under arrest"

      Perp: "What for?"

      Cop 1: "Copyright infringement and public exposure. You shouldn't be having sex with your door open like that."

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:24pm

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        You and that Tim guy should form a comedy team. Call yourself The Empty House players because few people will find your tired stuff amusing.

        Oh, you will get an amen from the choir though.

         

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      Robert M, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:11pm

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      Every network but Fox already has that show. It's just that no one realizes it because like 3 people in South Africa constitute the entire viewing public of said networks...

       

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    pesti (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:00pm

    So if Cal Trans builds a freeway...

    So if Cal Trans builds a freeway and Drunk drivers kill people on it then it's only logical to sue the state cuz they didn't employ enough policemen....How many people drive the roads? as many that watch you-tube? Or maybe they should sue us the, taxpayers, for providing the funds, or how about our employers, they paid us..Well as far as emb. videos, don't forget our INTERNET providers, they give these criminals the means to distribute, view, the content performed by these poor destitute entertainers and their corporate buddies...

    Jesus, They gotta quit with all this mind boggling,"I have nothing better to do" bullshit!

     

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      Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:11pm

      Re: So if Cal Trans builds a freeway...

      Sue the government. They provide the license that allows the business to make money that allows the business to pay the employee that allows the government to tax the employee that allows the government to make the road that allowed the driver to drive drunk on it and kill the guy in the van.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:00pm

    "Everyone keeps insisting that this is targeted towards "streaming" websites, but is streaming a "performance"?"

    The key word is targeted. i'll bet there are no protections against its miss use any ware in the bill... but then again isn't that the point...

     

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    taoareyou, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:38pm

    You guys are taking this the wrong way. This is obviously an effort to reduce unemployment by taking more people out of the job market and putting them in jail. More people in jail = more jobs available for the people without computers.

     

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    Overcast (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:33pm

    Please do!

    GREAT IDEA!

    Start here: http://reid.senate.gov/

    Embedded YouTube Video right on his front page.

    Then the first video on his 'YouTube' page is from a news agency...

    http://www.youtube.com/SenatorReid

     

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    John85851 (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:39pm

    Where to put people

    Another question that has to be asked: where will we put all the people arrested for this "crime"? California's jails are already facing massive over-crowding to the point where the courts may force the jails to release people. Yet Senators want to put more people in jail for something as trivial as embedding videos?

     

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    FUDbuster (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:41pm

    Yep, that's exactly right. They're going to start throwing people in jail for posting YouTube videos.

    Good grief, people. Really?

     

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      Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:10pm

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      Yep, that's exactly right. They're going to start throwing people in jail for posting YouTube videos.


      What do you think the Channelsurfing guy did?

      Good grief, people. Really?


      The law makes that a felony. You don't see this as a problem?

      Is your answer really to mock those who point out what the law actually says?

       

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        FUDbuster (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:52pm

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        Nobody's going to jail for simply posting a YouTube video. I don't believe that for one second. The channelsurfing guy ran a full-blown streaming site. Big difference between that and posting a video on YouTube. There can already be liability for posting infringing content on YouTube. Do you see lots of people being sued for it? Nope. The idea that the feds are going to use this law to bust the average YouTube user is laughable.

         

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          Chris Rhodes (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:32pm

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          Nobody's going to jail for simply posting a YouTube video. [...] The idea that the feds are going to use this law to bust the average YouTube user is laughable.

          Of course not. They'll go to jail for something that isn't actually illegal (e.g. protected speech), but pisses off someone important. The YouTube link will just be the way they make the prosecution legal.

           

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            Robert M, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:17pm

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            Almost as laughable as a SWAT team busting down your door and shooting your husband dozens of times over several grams of pot THAT WASN'T EVEN FOUND. THAT IS LAUGHABLE!
            But I bet Jose Guerena's wife and son aren't laughing much now, as that is what happened in Az last week.

            You sound just like whoever started the Drug War with their platitudes about skeptics raising "outrageous" concerns.
            I have to ask: When the outrageous happens, will YOU take responsibility for the course of action YOU advocated?
            Will you rightfully feel their blood on your hands?

             

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          btr1701 (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 4:16pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          > The idea that the feds are going to use this
          > law to bust the average YouTube user is laughable.

          Whether they actually do it or not isn't really the point. Why would you (or any other sane person) not object to a law that gives them that discretion in the first place?

           

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            Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 12:42am

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            Whether they actually do it or not isn't really the point. Why would you (or any other sane person) not object to a law that gives them that discretion in the first place?

            ^ This

            We've seen law enforcement massively abuse similar laws in the past. I think FUDbuster over there is being ridiculous naive if he thinks this law won't be similarly abused.

             

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              FUDbuster (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 5:05am

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              All laws can be abused. So what? Regular YouTube users are not going to be arrested as felons. You're headline and article are beyond naive--they're reckless and ridiculous. You sound crazy at this point.

               

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                FUDbuster (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 6:58am

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                Oops. Wasn't signed in.

                 

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                Modplan (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:45am

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                All laws can be abused. So what?

                Some laws are inherently more open to abuse than others. They're called "bad laws".

                 

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                  FUDbuster (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 9:47am

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                  And I'm sure there are some laws that turn out to be worse than expected, and likewise some that are better than expected. Seems like FUD to me. I just don't see how the average YouTube user would rise to the level of criminal under the Act.

                   

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                Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 10:37am

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                All laws can be abused. So what?

                No, FUDspreader, not *all* laws can be abused. And the problem here is that the "abuse" is directly in how this law is written. This wouldn't even be stretching the law. It would be applying the law as written.

                I'm stunned that you don't see the issue.

                 

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                  Anonymous Coward, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 10:58am

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                  No need to call me names, Mike. The way you treat dissenting opinions is sad.

                  The law as written would apply to those who intentionally act to break the law for the purpose of infringing. That does not include the average YouTube user.

                  Linking already be a criminal act. This doesn't change that. The argument that "they're going to make everyone on YouTube a criminal" is laughable.

                   

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                  Anonymous Coward, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 12:33pm

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                  How can this be squared with the requirement in 17 USC 506 that an act must be "willfull" before it can be placed in a "could be criminal bucket"?

                   

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          RadialSkid (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 6:18pm

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          The channelsurfing guy ran a full-blown streaming site. Big difference between that and posting a video on YouTube.

          Are you suggesting that YouTube is NOT a "full-blown streaming site?"

           

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            FUDbuster (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:01am

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            Channelsurfing was a site where McCarthy had a bunch of links and embedded videos that he updated daily. The stuff he linked to and embedded was new release movies, pay-per-view, stuff like that. That's a full-blown streaming site.

            YouTube is a streaming site, sure, but not the type of streaming site that McCarthy was running.

             

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              DogBreath, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:39am

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              Perhaps you don't understand the difference between links/embedding and streaming. The Channelsurfing site posted links from other sites, where the actual videos were hosted and streamed from.

              McCarthy was arrested for posting links to copyrighted material, not for streaming them.


              McCarthy's own words:
              Feds Arrest Owner of Seized Sports Streaming Domain

              “The thing about my site is we never streamed anything, we always linked from other sites like justin.tv, veetle, vshare.tv, zonein.tv and others,” TorrentFreak was told.


              So, if someone tells me this law the Senators want to pass won't put anyone behind bars for linking to infringing content, don't expect me to believe it. They've already locked up McCarthy and they didn't even have this law in place to do it. Sounds like the Feds have found out that current law doesn't give them a leg to stand on (piss on) and they want a law put in place after the fact (of the arrest and takedown) to cover their respective asses.

               

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                FUDbuster (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:51am

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                I get the difference. I think with McCarthy it doesn't matter whether he hosted the material himself or not. The difference is whether he's a direct infringer or an accomplice. Either way he gets tried like the direct infringer.

                And my point is that, as McCarthy's arrest demonstrates, linking can already be criminal.

                 

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                  DogBreath, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:40am

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                  The difference is whether he's a direct infringer or an accomplice.

                  The real difference is the arrest for linking to (contributory infringement, which should be handled in a civil court, not a criminal one), but not specifically hosting, copying or uploading the material in question.


                  And my point is that, as McCarthy's arrest demonstrates, linking can already be criminal.

                  And this new attempt at a changing the law will make practically everyone subject to that same type of arrest and conviction. Have Twitter? Have over 10 followers? Post link to Youtube video you don't have copyright to? Go directl y to jail at the whim of the copyright holder under this law. Prepare to visit grandma in jail, for forwarding that link to all of her friends, of that funny video if which she didn't own the copyrights.


                  This is all about the "new beating stick" the lawyers will be sending out in their letters. Now along with "Settle for this low price and we won't take all your money. Because even if you are innocent, it will still cost you to defend yourself", will be included "and you might not even be sent to ass-raping prison by us". I certain folks not worried about losing some money in court, might be more worried about jail time for something they're accused of doing, even if they didn't do it.

                   

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                    FUDbuster (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:56am

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                    The real difference is the arrest for linking to (contributory infringement, which should be handled in a civil court, not a criminal one), but not specifically hosting, copying or uploading the material in question.

                    But there is such thing as accomplice liability in criminal infringement. I checked on Westlaw and found about 25 recent cases of people being charged with this for internet-related activity. In fact, one of the charges against McCarthy was that he was an accomplice. It's not necessarily a civil thing.

                    And this new attempt at a changing the law will make practically everyone subject to that same type of arrest and conviction. Have Twitter? Have over 10 followers? Post link to Youtube video you don't have copyright to? Go directl y to jail at the whim of the copyright holder under this law. Prepare to visit grandma in jail, for forwarding that link to all of her friends, of that funny video if which she didn't own the copyrights.

                    Utter FUD and nonsense. Remember that it has to meet the requirements to be criminal, not the least of which is that it's "willful," which involves a two-pronged test. This will not affect regular users.

                    This is all about the "new beating stick" the lawyers will be sending out in their letters. Now along with "Settle for this low price and we won't take all your money. Because even if you are innocent, it will still cost you to defend yourself", will be included "and you might not even be sent to ass-raping prison by us". I certain folks not worried about losing some money in court, might be more worried about jail time for something they're accused of doing, even if they didn't do it.

                    I don't see how this addendum will change things in that regard. Private plaintiffs can already do that under existing law. More FUD.

                     

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                      Anonymous Coward, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 10:05am

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                      Will it still be FUD when it happens to you?

                       

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                      DogBreath, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 10:31am

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                      But there is such thing as accomplice liability in criminal infringement. I checked on Westlaw and found about 25 recent cases of people being charged with this for internet-related activity. In fact, one of the charges against McCarthy was that he was an accomplice. It's not necessarily a civil thing.

                      Sounds just like what Homeland Security did here, and ICE did here. Good thing they didn't abuse or make up the law in doing so or things might get out of hand with the authorities making the crime fit the law.


                      Remember that it has to meet the requirements to be criminal, not the least of which is that it's "willful," which involves a two-pronged test.

                      Did grandma send the link? Prong One. Will some court/judge/jury in East Texas call that alone "willful"? Prong Two. Prison time for grandma? It's Trident time (no, not the gum, the three pronged version).


                      This will not affect regular users.

                      "This will not affect you". How many times will the powers that be say that, and then have been proven to be utterly and completely wrong.

                      Agendas. Everybody (and every company) has one, and they don't care if it squashes your life into the dirt.

                       

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                  Karl (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:22pm

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                  And my point is that, as McCarthy's arrest demonstrates, linking can already be criminal.

                  Well, except for the trifling little fact that McCarthy has been convicted of nothing. Neither has anyone else who has linked to infringing content.

                  Essentially, ICE just assumed linking was a criminal activity, with absolutely no case law (nor statute) to back it up.

                   

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            Anonymous Coward, Jul 12th, 2011 @ 11:34am

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            I think he was talking about the actions of the "channelsurfing guy" the actions of the YouTube user. In other words, the difference between the person(s) running the site, and the person using the site. I don't really know though, just my best guess at what this guy's trying to say.

             

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      Joe Publius (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:11pm

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      Whether or not anyone goes to jail for this is beside the point that they want to give judges the permission to do exactly that, because of the consequences that penalty can have on you and I.

      Considering that the harm (or even the existence of harm) for infringement is hard to pin down, even from case to case. Making it an offense worthy of incarceration on so low a standard (10 "performances" over 6 months) is pretty ridiculous, even unnecessary. And as been mentioned so many times here that it deserves its own shorthand, the even greater problem is that it could create a chilling effect.

      Let's use the ever handy YouTube as an example:

      Who would want to post anything there that may refer to any copyrighted media, if due to some misunderstand of the law, or an interpretation of fair use that doesn't jive with the judge can lead to criminal prosecution that could result in jail time? Instead of worrying about that, some would rather just keep their "mouths" shut. What originally is thought to be harmonizing the laws, is now a statutory hurdle against engaging with our own culture.

       

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        FUDbuster (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:00pm

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        The law isn't targeting people who post a video on YouTube in good faith. It's targeting streaming sites. Do you really think the feds are going to kick in doors and make arrests of average YouTube users? Please.

         

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          HothMonster, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:03pm

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          right cause the police have never used the law to arrest someone it wasnt designed for.

          There is no abuse of power in the system, i say broader laws. How about this "Its a felony to do bad stuff." You have nothing to worry about because it only goes after people doing bad stuff, not acting in good faith and doing something wrong. No one would ever be arrested for the wrong bad stuff just you know bad stuff. Oh and this law doesn't require the court system, someone just has to say you did bad stuff and the cops will disappear you. Sounds good right? No more bad stuff to worry about. I know everyone hates bad stuff and if only there was a law against it no one would do bad things anymore.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 6:57am

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            I think of it this way. McCarthy, the guy from the channelsurfing site, was arrested under existing law. Running a streaming site is already criminal--at least that's the government's position. Do you see them busting regular YouTube users now? Nope. Mike's trying to turn this into "they're going to arrest everyone on YouTube." It's ridiculous, IMO.

             

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          rubberpants, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 4:14pm

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          Define "streaming site".

           

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            FUDbuster (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:02am

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            Did you ever see McCarthy's channelsurfing site before it was pulled down? That was a streaming site. Links and embeds of the latest movies, pay-per-views, etc.

             

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          Chris in Utah (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 6:44pm

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          Right and over broad language has never been abused.
          ...
          James Madison, when asked if the "general welfare" clause was a grant of power, replied in 1792, in a letter to Henry Lee,

          If not only the means but the objects are unlimited, the parchment [the Constitution] should be thrown into the fire at once.

           

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          \r (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 6:56pm

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          Hrm.. if you really and truly believe that any (another) law is just in that it criminalizes linking then I truly, really believe you are in need of an additional hole in your head so you can breath. The net is being cast ever wider, the hands on our throats ever tighter, laws are binding this nation to stakes in the desert and those that write them and enforce them and "manage" them are above them. Why? Because people like you "aren't doing anything wrong and have nothing to worry about". Inch by inch, inch by inch. The government should fear its peoples and I smell fear.

          And for what? Money? Great. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt is what your government is using to guide you dear fellow.

          The Internet swells and raises the voices of the quiet. It's getting louder, incessant, it's threatening the corridors of power and soon more laws will not be enough.. or we will be made quiet.

          So.. roll your eyes and drink your tea.

          \r

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 7:09pm

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          Yes.

           

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          dave mcneal, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 11:41pm

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          yes

           

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          Sunhawk, Jun 14th, 2011 @ 8:22pm

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          Funnily enough, I recall hearing something similar elsewhere...

          Oh right, it was in regards to anti-terror legislation... about how it would only be used to find and arrest terrorists.

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 6:22am

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          Actually, if more than 10 people see a video of game footage, that's a felony... that applies to a LOT of youtubers... you want Tobuscus behind bars?

           

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      Relabill, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 10:38am

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      They're going to start throwing people in jail for posting YouTube videos.


      That's not necessary. All they have to do is convict you a felony, and put you on probation. Then guess what? You can no longer vote, serve on a jury, you can have your passport revoked, your job opportunities destroyed.

      All because you linked to that Fox video and made a critical comment on Conryn or his cronies. Wise up fool.

       

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    Michael Lockyear (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:57pm

    "and suggests (yet again) politicians who are regulating a technology they simply do not understand"

    Actually I think that they do understand...maybe you live in a police-state?

    Or as Wendell Phillips said, "...power is ever stealing from the many to the few…. The hand entrusted with power becomes … the necessary enemy of the people.”

     

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    ScytheNoire, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:25pm

    Need more prisons

    They are going to need a lot more prisons. If problems weren't bad enough with marijuana users and three-strike criminals over-crowding the system, now they can start tossing in people who link or embed a video. Wonderful. Hey, why not just start tossing every one into prison, since that's the path they are on. This is just ridiculous. Copyright needs to go, it just doesn't work.

     

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      abc gum, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 5:31pm

      Re: Need more prisons

      When the privatized prison industry has input into the writing of the laws, what can you expect?

      If it means increasing the bottom line, it will happen.

       

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        GrMaw76, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:19pm

        Re: Re: Need more prisons

        Are you kidding - "more prisons"?? There are already fully built - empty prisons in just about every state in the US! They have been sitting there "empty" for just such a use as BO - oops OB and his allies find a use for them!!

         

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    BackfireConcept, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 5:19pm

    Here we go...if this passes how about someone start a crowd sourced funded company that hires those that go to jail for such a crime on the day of their release. Their job could be to research for infringement committed by lawmakers. They could get paid well. The company would likely get tax breaks for hiring convicts.

     

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    A Guy, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 5:29pm

    I think part of the story is missing... I believe these bills are written so that they don't affect the DMCA safe harbor. So for a site like YouTube, there would be no change in its legal standing. I think this is written to go after sites stream or embed video and ignore take down requests. The owners of the such a site could be criminally liable instead of it being solely a civil matter.

     

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    Deirdre (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 7:06pm

    Well they just dropped the mandatory sentence for a a dealer caught with 50 grams or less of crack from ten years to five, so they have to find someone to do those other five years.

     

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    Dan, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 7:14pm

    What about permissions?

    Could the original video postee give permissions for the video to be embedded all around the web? I would think that they would be considered the original owner with rights to allow reposting? no?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 6:32am

      Re: What about permissions?

      That's why YouTube added "Creative commons". It gives your videos a tab that means anyone can use them.

       

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    Some Guy, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 10:37pm

    Here is a great idea

    Let's get Congress to pass a law that mandates that Congress shall pass no laws that do not equally apply to Congress.

    By the People, for the People...

     

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    DataShade (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 1:35am

    Five years? That's more than two cop-committed murders.

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 1:54am

    Unusually broad and ambiguous laws like this will make the USA that much more difficult for organisations to be based their.

    Wait until the first arrest is made under this law to an alleged individual 'pirate', and then his attorney questions why Police have not arrested any other persons whom are blatantly flouting the law ie: Youtube embeders Making the court (criminal) question its equity role and the police being accused of malfeasance.

    Yes there are some who have stated above that "this will never happen", but please explain why it wouldn't? And lets not quote de minimis non curat lex ok? it would NOT apply since the first time it is, and used successfully as a defence, it would then be used by all.

     

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    mike allen (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 2:02am

    yet more ways to totally piss off your customers don't bother suing just get em jail time.

     

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    JohnSmith999, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 2:41am

    You cannot compete with FREE !!

    Really,

    I have been thinking about this thorny issue for a few months now and have come up with a solution that is so simple i cannot believe the "big content" havent thought of this before.

    Streaming is not really an option as most people want to collect collections of films, music, TV programmes ebooks etc, move them to whatever device they want to use them on and only pay for them once.


    The "big content" gatekeepers build a site and charge a fee (approx £30 or $50) per month, (I think this is reasonable) for this you the public get unlimited all you can eat internet. the servers link to all the vast amounts of Official and unofficial media from all the torrent sites, usenet and digital lockers etc. This takes advantage of the P2P distribution model with is very efficient and cost effective as the servers only need to keep links to the media. Each month the relevant gatekeepers (MPAA RIAA, BPI, Ebook publishers, software publishers etc) all get a proportion of the total amount collected, based on downloads. to stop the figures being inflated by unscruplious people the download can be confirmed as taking place before it is registered as a completed download.

    Based on my (admittedly rough figures) if 10 million people were to subscibe, (a crazy low figure) then the gatekeepers would take in £300,000,000 ($500,000,000) per month. if this was to be done correctly then the MPAA and the RIAA would distribute the money to the artists whose music and films have been downloaded, it could also be broken down further and the original TV networks (BBC, CBS NBC FOX, etc) would get paid for the downloads of their programmes.

    This would encourage the networks, film producers etc to put out officially sanctioned copies at high quality, this is a win win for the public and a win win for the lablels and gatekeepers, they get to hold on to their "legacy models" and get into the 21 centuary.

    If anyone wants the full physical copy then obviously they can buy a CD/DVD, book, or magazine from the publishers.

    Im sure i am going to get flamed and told that this cannot possibly work, but i feel that this is the only way the lables can "compete with Free" and stop Piracy in its tracks.

     

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      Karl (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 3:08am

      Re: You cannot compete with FREE !!

      Im sure i am going to get flamed and told that this cannot possibly work

      This cannot possibly work, for one simple reason: Whenever startups have tried similar ideas, Big Content has demanded unreasonable licensing fees (e.g. 50% of their profits).

      You might also take a gander at EFF's collective licensing scheme, and Mike's criticism of compulsory licenses.

       

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        Johnsmith999, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 3:35am

        Re: Re: You cannot compete with FREE !!

        I was not saying a new startup do this, i was saying this was a viable business model for the "Big Content" RIAAA MPAA etc. If only they stopped trying to kill technology but embraced it, they could make many millions of $$, probably Billions of $$ per year.

         

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          Karl (profile), Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 11:02am

          Re: Re: Re: You cannot compete with FREE !!

          If only they stopped trying to kill technology but embraced it, they could make many millions of $$, probably Billions of $$ per year.

          Yeah, but that's been true since the 1800's. From player pianos, to DAT tapes, the music industry has always tried to kill technology.

          Like most other industries, the legacy players are always the last to embrace new technology. This means that embracing new technology must be the job of startups or new players. Unfortunately, they are legally not allowed to do so, and if they try, they're "pirates."

          I mean, take another look at your statement:

          for this you the public get unlimited all you can eat internet. the servers link to all the vast amounts of Official and unofficial media from all the torrent sites, usenet and digital lockers etc.

          This is what you get right now with "pirate" sites. They are pirate sites only because the RIAA/MPAA makes it impossible to build a "legit" site.

           

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    Johan van de Merwe, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 5:08am

    In Europe we are excluded from quite a lot of Youtube content

    As an European I think that you Americans really go crazy. First you go after the moslims, then you exclude Europeans and now you are haunting eachother. It is not showing content on Youtube that endangers the world. You Americans are. You have a dangerous form of paranoia. Don't forget one thing. Youtube made a lot of performers only more famous and even forgotten performers attractive again. Remember USA, you don't own the internet!!!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:33am

      Re: In Europe we are excluded from quite a lot of Youtube content

      But we do own youtube

      This is all kinda rich coming from a frenchman

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 3:36pm

      Re: In Europe we are excluded from quite a lot of Youtube content

      UM, lets think...WHO paid for all the research and development between 1970 and 2000...so, maybe we do own it

       

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    Profetzkij, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 6:41am

    Cant u just create a law that makes everything (yes everything) illegal by default?
    Then claim that "but we will not target people" for that, and that, and that....

     

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    Some User, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:29am

    Lately politicians forget they represent the people, not themselves...

     

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    iBelieve, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 7:42am

    Conspiracy to hoodwinkle

    I believe the industry posts these movies themselves just for the purpose of ensnaring people for whom they hoodwinkle into violating their copryright protection in a conspiracy to rake in more dough. Take that. Their movies are ALL CRAP anyway.

     

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    iBelieve, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:08am

    Stop wasting precious time over this.

    If Hollywood is so smart, let them take down our actual enemies with their tech savvy. The US government seems to be fascilitating support for their every cry of foulplay, while they are taking up precious time of our government while we are in peril of extinction as a matter of fact from vicious enemies who have infiltrated our borders and security and stand poised ready to strike out. Where are their priorities, turning out more bad movie entertainment being such a pain in arses of the American public?

     

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    John Raykowski, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 2:25pm

    Who are 'Supporters' and 'Everyone'

    Supporters claim...
    Everyone keeps insisting...

    How 'bout you name names?

    Seriously?

    Who, exactly, says this is just to harmonize civil and criminal law? On its face, that seems a ridiculous statement and I'd like to let them know my opinion and ask how I'm in error.

    Who, exactly, is saying this is targeted at streaming sites? I have a few questions for them, too.

    Lets see more specifics on who (names please) is saying what. Its not like you're going to run out of page space here.

    -jmr

     

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    Mark G Hansel, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 6:13pm

    Senators Gone Wild or Insane: Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos

    The New Al Qaida of the Up and Coming 2012 New World Order Terrorists in the US Government. It is amazing how the american public will put up with the crazies in government who take your freedomsd and rights away that are these so called Senators Gone Wild or Insane. Yes you people who put up with governments making citizen's into criminals. What has happened to the United States, a once proud country that now it's own government is making criminals out of it own citizen's to please the global elite. There is really something wrong with this picture and if you americans do nothing to get rid of those Senators Gone Wild or Insane then you get what you get, to be slaves to your masters

     

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    Arthur Burke, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 8:35pm

    Commies passing laws

    Why don't you low-life lawyers start overturning these unjust "laws" that are keeping illegal crap from passing over our borders. Lock up these corrupt politicans. Defund this TSA
    thug-like lowlifes. Defund the marxist healthcare BS promoted by obama.

    Stay the hell away from menial things and start destroying and dismantling a total waste of our taxpayer money. We work too darned hard to have low lifes sucking off the taxpayers teat.

     

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    clayton, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 12:02am

    I think they should atleast put people in charge that can make laws that make since...the internet is social there is no stopping embedding

     

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    Andre, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 12:10am

    Time to wake up and smell the coffee

    This is just another step in order for the powers that be to 1. Squeeze as much money out of us in terms of "fines" and
    2. Stop the flow of free information amongst the masses.

    You all have got to understand, this is not about protecting the artist, composers, or hard working individuals. The internet is the biggest threat to the power elite right now because the slaves have started talking to one another. Do you realize how many videos that are posted on Youtube that have important information about the mechanisms of the imperialists that are block for "copyright infringement"? You will also notice that they never say that the video in question is the copyright of a particular person, no it is copyright of a corporation. You see these people do not care about anything other than to make a fast buck, and to keep us in the dark. The digital technology has made it easier for everyone to be able to share their ideas and opinion over a wide variety of subjects. That is what they are most afraid of, a thinking and informed citizenry. This law is designed to try and counter the information revolution that is being fought by people who are fed up with being programmed my the lame stream media. The music and works in question have been copied and performed thousands of times over even before the internet became a household word. What is being done by the people is no different than what people used to do with cassette tapes and VHS recorders in the late 70´s and 80´s. Why is it such a big deal now? This law cannot be passed, or we are going to open a Pandora´s box that we cannot close.

     

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    Thebes, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 2:58am

    Typical Police State tactic.
    Make everyone into a "criminal" and then selectively prosecute those opposed to your policies along with enough random pleebs to ensure fear of the government.

     

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    Marc Gauvin, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 5:32am

    Digital Rights Management of You Tube Videos

    Hi,

    The technology exists so that the responsibility for distributing illegal content can be correctly assigned across the media value chain.

    Specifically, !SO/IEC 23000-19 Media Value Chain Ontology (MVCO) published standard, allows for keeping track of content and assigning the corresponding rights to different agents according to the roles they play in the value chain.

    Thus there is no reason to be in the dark with respect to who is responsible for illegally distributing You Tube Videos.

    An example application that precedes this standard but is entirely compliant, is at www.digitalmediavalues.com. The idea is that users that post content are required to take responsibility for correct rights attribution. So if I am a performer/producer and the work I am performing is in public domain, then I declare so and place any conditions I wish on the performance. Thus anyone who downloads the content must accept my license and would then be cleared of any responsibility should I have been wrong about the public domain status of the work I perform.

    Transparency in the value chain is the answer and creating such transparent applications is no longer a technical challenge but rather a question of policy.

    Will the so called rights managers accept to switch from managing individual rights to providing a rights management platform accessible to all and anyone, or do they still wish to make rights control an exclusive prerogative.


    Marc

     

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    Alfred E. Neumann, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 6:18am

    Embedding violation?

    A. Wiener should have copyrighted his namesake.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 6:29am

    Prison

    Question; If I as web master go to federal prison, is WiFi available?

     

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    Sheila, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 7:01am

    They don't work for us!!

    Will Enough of Us Refuse?

    by Sheila the Watcher

    Living without the bonds of TV affords me the luxury of having time to read. As my third book this month, I happened to pick the Leon Uris novel, QB VII, written in the 1970s, when there was still something to be proud about in America, and when there were still enough people around who could remember the horrors of WWII.

    The story takes place in post-WWII England, and is about a libel suit brought by a Polish Nationalist doctor (Kelno), a former POW in Jadwiga concentration camp, against a Jewish-American author (Cady) who names him as performing surgeries for German doctors who were experimenting on Jewish prisoners.

    This is part of the opening statement made by the defense attorney (for Cady) in the British courtroom:

    “ “Well, as a matter of fact there were some Germans, soldiers, officers, priests, doctors, and ordinary civilians who refused to obey these orders and said, ‘I am not going to do this because I would not like to live and have this on my conscience. I’m not going to push them into gas chambers, and then say later I was under orders and justify it by saying that they were going to be pushed in by someone anyhow and I can’t stop it and other people will push them more cruelly. Therefore, it’s in their best interest that I shove them in gently.’ You see, the trouble was, not enough of these people refused.” 1”

    When my tears subsided I thought, what an amazing time to be reading this. How appropriate to what is happening in our country now.

    Day after day we see headlines about the indignities suffered by air travelers at the hands of TSA agents who are content to place their hands on the genitals of passengers of no matter what ages for their daily ration of bread (read: HFCS, MSG, GMO, etc.). And still the passengers line up for the privilege of being “man-handled” so that they can get to grandma’s house or their next business meeting a little faster instead of saying, “I am a free American and you may NOT touch me without cause,” or even, “I will not ride your airplane if I must be accosted so.”

    Day after day we see headlines about some police officer tazering an elderly citizen for asking a question, or throwing the occupant of a wheelchair to the ground to prove that he is handicapped... or killing a veteran for having a gun in his own home. And still we say, “Yes, sir” to the police and skulk away in fear, instead of saying, “Don’t do that to this person!”

    Day after day we see headlines about what a potential criminal/terrorist -- someone to be suspected regardless of their actions -- is the person who cites the U.S. Constitution to affirm their rights, or likes a certain political candidate, or has served his or her country in the military, or just wants to be left alone by “the system”, or has the audacity to disagree with the current administration -- or who asks for acknowledgement of the truth instead of ridicule on a point of fact. And still we say, “Thank goodness you’re taking care of my safety and security, because I don’t want to get my hands dirty,” instead of saying, “I have a right to my opinion, to think my own thoughts.”

    Day after day we see headlines about the millions cheated out of their homes, loosing their jobs, forced to beg the government for poisoned food that will make their children imbeciles compared to who they could have been so that those who control the money can amass more and more for themselves, reaching orgasm at the thought of how much they have attained and how they can hold the “cattle” as slaves. And still we say, “Thank you for the job as a hamburger flipper so that I can pay you most of my wages in taxes,” instead of saying, “I will take care of my money myself.”

    Stand up. Don’t let them grope you. Don’t let them go through your car at a warrant-less checkpoint. Don’t let them search your home without cause or due process. Don’t let them control your money. TPTB’s philosophy is, if you don’t complain, nothing is wrong. Start complaining. Start deciding that you won’t allow yourself -- or others -- to be treated this way.

    We are at the proverbial “slippery slope”. From here it will be easy to fall into the same state as was controlled by the German nazis. The slogan of the time was, “Never Forget!” But TPTB are doing everything possible -- dumbing us down, directing thought -- to make us forget so that they can use the same tactics unencumbered by the ghosts of the slaughtered. Don’t allow us and our children to be next. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Just make sure the history you remember is the truth.

    Aldus Huxley is quoted as saying (paraphrased) that the ideal situation is one in which the slave is contented with his enslavement. You are an accomplice to your own enslavement. Stop being contented. Stop rationalizing your own enslavement as the best you can hope for.

    TPTB know that if you don’t resist, you are theirs to exploit in any way they see fit. Stop complying. Imagine what would happen to TPTB if we all just said, “hell, no” -- no matter how gently they grab our balls.

    Through our website, placeofrefuge2012.com, we talk to far too many docile, I-have-a-million-reasons-not-to-take-action kind of people. The time to stand up is now, not as they close the gas chamber door behind you. No football game, airline flight, bus trip, concert, prom, no job, no social group is worth your human dignity -- nor your freedom. Spread the word that we are enslaved by our own volition -- and that it doesn’t have to be so. Stop complying now with that which is, at it essence, wrong. There is no excuse.

    “ ...You see, the trouble was, not enough of these people refused.”2 ”


    1 QB VII, by Leon Uris, Copyright 1970. Bantam Books edition, published 1972, page 295

    2 Ibid.

     

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      Joseph Henderson, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 9:39am

      Re: They don't work for us!!

      If you wouldnt mind answering a few questions 1. Where do you live if People are forced "to beg for poisOned food"? 2. How often do you see vetereans get killed for having a gun in their home?(or is it a one time thing your blowing out of proportion) 3. Do you really think someone else makes your child an imbecile? In most cases parents raise their on children 4. Lastly who ate you saying cheated millions out of their homes? Feel free to e-mail me at unexpected_guest3@hotmail.com

       

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      Joseph Henderson, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 9:40am

      Re: They don't work for us!!

      If you wouldnt mind answering a few questions 1. Where do you live if People are forced "to beg for poisOned food"? 2. How often do you see vetereans get killed for having a gun in their home?(or is it a one time thing your blowing out of proportion) 3. Do you really think someone else makes your child an imbecile? In most cases parents raise their on children 4. Lastly who are you saying cheated millions out of their homes? Feel free to e-mail me at unexpected_guest3@hotmail.com

       

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    Quinn Sysmith, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 8:11am

    It's called the "American Dream" because you have to be asleep to believe it.

    Part of the plan to keep us slave class ignorant about the corrupt actions of those in government and power. I can present a 10 minute video on a soulless suite in Washington with facts from news articles, public information, investigations, etc but instead of looking at the evidence presented they are going to go after the person doing the cops job for them, makes sense in the NWO nazi America.

     

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    question, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 8:52am

    So a person stands a chance of going to jail for 5 years, becoming a felon and losing their rights to vote, for singing at a karaoke bar? After all that is a performance and assuming there are more than 10 people in the bar, would meet this difinition. Sounds a bit extreme to me.

    on a side note, I was talking with a group that was registered with BMI many years ago and the thing that surprised me was that BMI was geared more towards the writers and not the performers. So does a person in that Karaoke bar have the writers permission to sing their song in public? Things could have changed in the past 20 years.

     

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    Alvin, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 9:06am

    Obvious Attempt

    This is an obvious attempt to create a tool to attack their political opponents. Embedded video has been a powerful tool to show immoral and illegal activity on blogs. This isn't about copyright.

     

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    knowledge, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 10:02am

    The amendment is for willful infringers - basically rogue websites that exist for the purpose of streaming infringing works. An person who innocently embeds an unlicensed Youtube stream wont fall under the statute. Calm down folks.

     

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    Tejas, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 11:33am

    Media control

    Obama and the socialist want this to control the non main stream media. If Matt Drudge @drudgereport.com couldnt add links to stories that would effectively shut him down. I dont trust these damn socialist in washington as for as i can throw them. That not very far either!

     

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    Mrak, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 11:43am

    New Rule:

    YOU CANT OWN A VIEW.

    The real crime is thinking you own something you didnt make or produce.

    I did a remix for Sony, they bought it from me, never released it, and then hit me with a CEASE AND DESIST from me putting my own work up on YouTube. I keep putting it up btw. (keep wasting your resources)

    FACE THE MUSIC CEOs: Its time to give up your CEO parking spots.

     

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    Eddie, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 12:00pm

    No Free Speech

    This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

     

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    mystic, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 1:21pm

    embedding

    I barely know what "embedding" means, but isn't this all a way to prevent the truth from getting out, like the history we were never taught e.g. the Bolsheviks were overwhelmingly Jewish and were responsible for murdering 66 million Russian Christians. Now that's a holocaust in denial. How about the Armenian Holocaust, also committed by you know who, again in denial. Isn't denial of any holocaust immoral or just when certain people are killed? The many Youtube videos enlighten the truth and that's exactly what our leaders do not want us to know.Politicians can't tell lies like they used to thanks to YouTube.

     

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      tim, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 3:40pm

      Re: embedding

      Let's not forget the fact that there were just as many black slave owners as white. This is according to the demographic documents.

       

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      Steve L., Jan 12th, 2012 @ 6:23pm

      Re: mystic

      We don't need any hate speech discrediting our cause here. GTFO. (And P.S. 66 million people didn't die in Russia, period...let alone just Christians. Hell, it may have been under 20 million.)

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 9:00pm

    THEY'RE CRAZY. MURDER AND RAPE AND THEFT ARE CRIMES, NOT TYPING AND CLICKING AND VIEWING. THESE MEN SHOULD GET REAL JOBS OR JUST GO PLAY SOME GOLF AND STOP WEILDING WHATEVER TINY AMOUNTS OF POWER THEY MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE LIKE A SPIKED WIFFLE BAT AT A FIVE YEAR OLD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY.

     

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    Medical Quack, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 1:12am

    Lawmakers at all levels suffer digital illiteracy

    Well it surfaces in other areas too with not having the right technology to sort and get the information they need and there's a lot of data out there today, but they don't seem to use much of it. The fact that they keep choosing items that are from the 70s and 80s to take a stand on certainly proves the point that we need educated lawmakers that participate and use technology to understand and be able to make laws today or we all get sunk.

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2011/05/digital-illiteracy-still-plagues-law.html

     

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    Local SEO, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 3:10am

    Seriously?

    Don't they have anything better to do? This is just ridiculous!

     

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    raz, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 3:37am

    You wont belive this..but its a fact ....in israel

    EVERY citizen would need to go to the nearest police station (in about 6 month, the pilot is in November)

    And give 2 finger prints and photo for facial recognition, and go into the the first in the world ridiculously unsecured databank that every police officer can access.
    The guy in the government that did this(an uneducated member of a criminal party called kadima-political pary who's leader is going to jail for massive fraud(billions) and the secretary of treasury who is doing time now for stealing (among other things) from a children funds!!!!

    Meir shitrit did it by himself (it was like watching sadam hussein give a speech, because the rest of the Israeli government weren't attending (most of them are corrupt to the bone, the former president is a convicted rapist, the last prime minister is going to jail for unbelievable fraud ,- the guy cost the country billions)

    if you fail to comply you will not get a PASSPORT and id , which means you cannot leave the "country" or get health care among other things,

    Information experts from big companies said clearly that this is a gross mistake since every data base can be hacked and probably will which leaves 7 million people in the risk of going to jail' half of the government are going to jail and the Innocent citizens have to give finger id like criminals, this is unbelievable , at the beginning shitrit even tried to enforce mandatory PRISON TIME for those who refuse to give finger prints and go into an unsecured to be hacked country crossing data bank, this is not a government this is NOT a democracy , this is like a bad night mare, i still cant believe it he passes the pilot for the law with NO OBJECTION just because the rest of the government were to lazy to attend.

     

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    Ian McGreggor, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 6:59am

    WHAT??!!!

    If our elected Officials cannot find a better way to spend their time (time that is being paid for by the American taxpayer) than to come up with legislative tripe like this, then they should be forced to perform a few hundred hours of community service (like picking up trash alongside a busy freeway) for stealing from taxpayers!

     

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    Manu Costa, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 9:04am

    Porn Bill

    "a new bill that was designed to make "streaming" infringing material a felony." I support the bill that prohibits stream pornography!

     

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    ohsnap (profile), Jun 4th, 2011 @ 2:21pm

    Beyond stupid

    This is stupid. Aren't there more earth-shattering issues for Senators to be worried about? This copyright stuff, in some instances, makes no sense. Now, I got rid of TV long ago but isn't there a little thing called a DVR...can't you record programs to watch later? What's the difference really? Isn't that copyright infringement? What if I invite my friends over to watch?Or give them the disc to watch? Or whatever. I might be a little behind TV technology but you get the picture. The bottom line is the big kahunas figured out another way to make money, they can't do it now, so let's pass a law as a first step!

     

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    Kinky Klown, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 6:07pm

    Dam I'm Guilty of Whooppee

    Wake me when the revolution starts, got lots of ammo and my guns are all cean as a whistle

     

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    Yarbat, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 6:29am

    perhaps the process is geared at something else

    years ago I heard that every blank CD I bought was more expensive because the price had a fee built into it so that "when" I violated copyright and copied materials the industry was compensated for it....perhaps this is the workup towards getting $$$ rather than putting the a whole bunch of folks in jail!

     

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    Anatoly Volynets, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 7:04am

    basics in question

    I don't see any detail of importance in here. The very idea of "protection" of an idea or aesthetic form from distribution and other uses for any purpose is nonsense. Those who think that we encounter "abuse of normal copyright" here have to understand that the incoming bill is not an accident (like infamous DMCA, ACTA, COICA, etc.), but is just normal development of the basic concept of the "right to make copies." But let's presume it is an abuse, while there is such a thing as "normal copyright" there. Do you really understand its unavoidable necessity and importance? Or you just get used to all the speculations surrounding the concept? Moreover, do you see _any_ possibility to stop those abuses which undermine virtually everything we value, but to take away the very basis for them--to take away copyright, once and for all?

     

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    AmericanMade, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 8:37am

    performance felony issues

    Yea... the KGB is alive and well in the United States Congress.

     

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    Legiøn, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 8:48am

    yeah right

    They tell us what we can, and can't do. They mock us as they enslave us in debt. How long till America realizes that there servants are merely just puppets working for someone else ? Congress doesn't give a crap about any of us, I'm ready for a revolution, are you ?

    -LEGIØN-

     

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    Mike Cook, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 9:15am

    Myopic

    I am concerned by the myopic vision of our lawmakers who believe that they can solve all the problems of the global internet with American legislation...Oh God! What power-player are they pandering to now? Trying to sue service providers is like saying because criminals drive on highways we need to sue the road builders. Duh.

     

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    Facebook, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 9:29am

    Jail for using Facebook!

    Yea I can now how to jail for clicking the facebook tab on YouTube and embedding funny videos to share with my family. Or if someone sends me a link in a email and I click it and it opens a streaming movie I go to jail for 5 years for opening my email!

    These Senators need to be locked up every one that reads this should call them and further more call your congress or senators office and tell them to call these idiots out on the floor! We put them up there to repsent us it's time they do there Fu*king jobs... Work for us not against us to put us in jail for enjoying our freedoms!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 9:32am

    Im ready to throw up. Im sick of them trying to pull this SHIT off.

     

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    James Brown, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 9:58am

    Madness control by money!

    United States Senators 
    These there are dumb post it on your facebook or tweet it that we need to call these dummy's on Monday then call your local officials and make sure they don't vote on this madness! 

    John Cornyn Texas Republican
    Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Democrat  
    Chris Coons Delaware Democrat

    It's clear that we are working with dumb people here not party lines! What has happened is the movie studios have got to these guys with political contributions = $$$$ and once again big business is working against the people that put these yahoos I'n office!

     

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    Jane, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 10:12am

    Facebook will they put my child in jail!

    Will they put my child in jail for watching a embedded movie or posting to many funny cat videos on Facebook? Or will they put me in jail saying it happened on my ip address? Get ready to see one pissed of Mom! This mom will go mid-evil...

    Why don't these worthless people go catch some bank robbers, rapist, druggies, gangbanges that make it so dangerous that me and my 7 year old daughter can't take a walk in the park at 5:30 in the afternoon in most big city's.

     

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    E.Nuf, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 10:47am

    Embedded

    It should be Criminal to embedded idiots into positions
    of power in our government;but it's not.

    Here is a new word from The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational where once again readers are invited to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
    The following was one of the winners:

    Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

     

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    horacemanoor, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 11:06am

    americans are sheep

    americans still don't realize that polticians are sociopaths who like bullying the citizenry -- the system has been rigged ever since world war one -- before that, wages rose faster than the cost of living -- there was no income tax -- there was no federal reserve -- the nation made spectacular economic progress, specially in the last third of the 19th century, but economists called it the 'great depression' because wages fell slower than prices -- thus it was tougher for the wealthy than for the workers -- but americans think it's impossible for the economy to thrive unless prices go up -- american economists don't learn economics, they learn how to propagandize -- the typical american fails to see that partisan politics is a sham aimed at distracting the citizenry from the kleptocracy -- americans deserve their fate -- the breadline or jail -- they'll be happy as long as washington entertains them with wars

     

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    alternative news, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 12:34pm

    Re:ok

    this makes me soooo angry.

     

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    vladimir putin sucks, Jun 6th, 2011 @ 4:32am

    fuckin american senators, are they crazy?
    Even Russians would not guess the such shit >

     

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    Lori, Jun 6th, 2011 @ 6:17am

    You have got to be kidding!!!!

    Who's the lucky federal person who gets this job? This is a waste of our tax dollars at work.

     

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    Akyas Easu, Jun 6th, 2011 @ 4:18pm

    TubeTruthers.com Alternative to Youtube's New Policies?

    TubeTruthers.com Alternative to Youtube's New Policies?

    Where not the alternative but where sure as hell here for those who feel Youtube is out of control!

    Started on 5/28/11 TubeTruthers.com was my way of giving something back to all the Tube Truthers of the now fascist community known as YouTube. Disgusted with account cancellations, and people having to create back up accounts, has now forced me into this work full time. With the help of wonderful friends and people coming to together for a common good, i present TubeTruthers.com.

    Let this be our home, until the time comes when you and i meet on the front lines of the coming ground war. For now, feel free to express your truth and help us get the word out, that we finally have a home where Censorship and Bullshit does not apply. Lastly, the world must know, there are a group of Tube warriors who take there spare to to share a message for your own good. All that we ask is for a few minutes of your time to share that message with you.

    Stories:

    Alex Jones protest banned from Youtube?

    Demonstrators led by Alex Jones chant “treason” in response to federal government threat to close down Texas airports

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Alex Jones’ spontaneous decision calling on Texans to protest the government’s egregious threat of a federal blockade if the Texas Senate passed an anti-TSA groping bill resulted in hundreds of protesters storming the Capitol in Austin yesterday afternoon.



    ""vid was removed by the youtube nazies(Google).

    As we reported yesterday, the TSA and the Department of Justice resorted to financial terrorism by threatening a federal blockade that would have closed down Texas airports if the Texas Senate had followed the House in unanimously passing a bill that would have made TSA groping in the state a felony.

    “There’s never a dull moment at the Texas Legislature. The House and Senate were going about their regular end-of-session business on Wednesday when loud screams could be heard coming from the rotunda. Outside the chambers, a group of mostly men and a few women were screaming, “Cri-mi-nal! Cri-mi-nal!” and “Treason! Treason!” reports the Texas Tribune.

    The quickly arranged demonstration was announced during Jones’ radio show just hours beforehand. Next time around, there would be 50,000 protesters in attendance, he promised.

    Media reaction to the event was mixed, with some accurately reporting the protest and others resorting to the usual brand of sneering arrogance we’ve come to expect from the corporate press.

    Despite the fact that the intimidation tactics of the federal government, which will surely backfire as a massive shot in the arm for the states’ rights movement, scuttled the anti-grope bill in Texas, there are numerous other states that are already debating or preparing to introduce similar bills.

    The feds cannot keep relying on mafia-like behavior to preserve the ability of their criminal army of minimum wage perverts to molest children, at some point down the line lawmakers will have the guts to stand up and say no, and at that point a wave of TSA resistance will sweep legislatures across the country.

    Watch more videos of the protest below

    click the link to watch and read it all.

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/rage-against...pitol.html

    Links:

    http://www.infowars.com/g overnment-orders-you-tube-to-censor-protest-videos/

    http://www.hidden.me/2011/05/government-order s-youtube-to-censor-protest-videos-about-corrupt-judge/


    Akyas Easu Founder of TubeTruthers.com

    For information on Youtube

     

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    Josh Taylor, Jun 7th, 2011 @ 4:39pm

    You're missing the point in this bill. It not only targets sites that contain copyrighted TV, music and movies. But fan art and fan fiction as well.

    Post a fan art on DeviantArt + getting 10 or more views = 5 years in prison.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2011 @ 5:45pm

    DOES SHARING A YOUTUBE VIDEO ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE COUNTS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. I'M NOT UNDERSTANDING ALL THIS. I DON'T WANT ANY PROBLEMS. PLEASE ADVISE.

     

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    james, Jun 8th, 2011 @ 8:01am

    Yes it would count !

    Yes it would count you idiot! why don't you just lay down and take it like a spineless coward?

    "I DON'T WANT ANY PROBLEMS" wow you are a mam-be pansy!

    CRIMINAL OFFENSE. I'M NOT UNDERSTANDING ALL THIS. I DON'T WANT ANY PROBLEMS. PLEASE ADVISE.

    get up off your ass grow some balls make some phone calls and tell these idiot what your going to do if they put this bill in! like your going to go out and tell the world and make sure they never ever get reelected!

     

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    Jailbird, Jun 8th, 2011 @ 8:10am

    Free Kankel bracelets!

    We can all just post you tube videos they so can put half the population in jail! Yea it will take them 40 years to build the prisons big enough! and they will have to contract the work out with illegal aliens as all Americans will be in jail or maybe they can give us Kankel bracelets lol

    I cant wait my very own Kankel bracelet! Ill even post a you tube video on how to get it off YEA!

     

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    FUDbuster (profile), Jun 8th, 2011 @ 8:49am

    Copyhype does a great job of debunking the FUD being spread around this law: http://www.copyhype.com/2011/06/fears-of-felony-streaming-bill-overblown/

    Nice to have a voice of reason weigh in on the matter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2011 @ 9:25am

    Copyhype is owned by the people trying to pass this bill

    Copyhype.com is owned by the people trying to pass this bill
    Trying to calm people down and talk them in to excepting bigger government and more laws!

    FUDbuster that make you a moron!

     

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    Wizeone, Jun 8th, 2011 @ 9:32am

    FUDbuster works for Copyhype!

    FUDbuster is a lair he has posted over 20 comments defending this bill that just takes more freedoms away from Americans!

    FUDbuster works for copyhype.com he is all over the internet
    spamming the news story's on this trying to down play it!

    FUDbuster is a employee for the media company's that want to
    take more of our freedoms and get in our pocket books1

    Shame on you FUDbuster...

     

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      Jay (profile), Jun 8th, 2011 @ 9:52am

      Re: FUDbuster works for Copyhype!

      I'm not the biggest fan of copyright maximalists, but I do ask that we focus on debunking the information given, not attacking the people that give the message.

      Terry Hart might be slowly becoming a copyright maximalist, but he does have the right to express his opinion. If FUDbuster says that his info is valid, we should see why or why not. But calling FUDbuster a "moron" just for showing us the information doesn't show anyone why it's good or bad.

      Let's have more discourse and less personal attacks, alright? ;)

       

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      FUDbuster (profile), Jun 8th, 2011 @ 10:21am

      Re: FUDbuster works for Copyhype!

      Wow, dude. I imagine you living in your parents' basement and wearing a tinfoil hat. It's amusing.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2011 @ 7:03pm

    This movement must be resisted at ALL COSTS...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2011 @ 8:20pm

    Jay and FUDbuster work for the crooks that made this bill

    Hey Jay I just came in here and read all this FUDbuster is a spammer that works for these people and the other guy is right FUDbuster signed up just to defend this crazy bill he should be tar and feathered for trying to help take freedom of speech from people. And you should pull your head out of his ASS its that easy.. Oh yea wash your face before you come back!

     

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    tank, Jun 10th, 2011 @ 1:40am

    Six Principles of Global Manipulation

    I offer to your attention a film about six priorities of the generalized instruments of management by countries and people of Earth.
    Six Principles of Global Manipulation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fF3TQ0lJnU
    Anti-Qur'an Strategy of the Bible Project Wheeler-Dealers
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1wXgXwj3MI

     

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    iveseenitall, Jun 10th, 2011 @ 10:19pm

    I wish people could see this for what is really is. That is that when you allow acts such as this to be criminalized it allows specific prosecutions that lead to convictions to have large sweeping impacts that will be policed and funded by the taxpayer instead of private organization.

     

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    ahmed, Jun 12th, 2011 @ 7:23am

    embedding

    i will stay embedding!!!!!!

     

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    Shiro Kusanagi, Jun 14th, 2011 @ 1:50pm

    Well, we're boned!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2011 @ 3:20pm

    Don't forget that singing "Happy Birthday" is supposedly a copyright violation, and millions have been paid by unauthorized performers in public settings. This means that if you have a Happy Birthday video on the web and ten people watch it, in come the Jack Booted Thugs.

    Stupid thing is, the Chinese will still keep banning Hollywood movies and they'll still be available for sale in pirated form in any market, and what's Hollywood going to do about it? Except make double sure we pay every penny to Chinese copyright holders.

     

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    Sandra Fredine, Jun 15th, 2011 @ 6:07pm

    S978

     

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    Eric Wurm, Jun 15th, 2011 @ 8:14pm

    Read the bill

    I think the article is biased. Any time I read a story like this, I read the bill itself which is available for free in PDF form. Every bill is made available. I read the text, and it appears that the bill would make a felony a copyright infringement that exceeds 10 performances within 180 days AND the infringer receives from the performance $2500+ or the fair market value would be $5000 or more. There isn't any mention of Youtube specifically. It would appear to me that the bill is designed to make a crime the streaming of unauthorized content where the user makes a substantial profit. For example, a person streams a live concert in an unauthorized manner and charges a fee which would net them more than $2500, or the fair market value of the view if the infringer does not charge a fee if over $5000. Looks like a rubbish article. Full text of the bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s978is/pdf/BILLS-112s978is.pdf

     

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    Clinton Moore, Jun 15th, 2011 @ 9:07pm

    Copyright enforcement is simply just a lost cause anyway.

    Copyright laws defeat the purpose of streaming media. This type of law would violate civil liberties, and people will simply just rebel against it anyway. I say, we worry about bigger things, and focus on finding new jobs outside of show business, and create more jobs in car factories since the environment is more important than entertainment.

    People nowdays strongly believe in "free entertainment", and if anybody is going to make it a felony to embed infringed media, then it will infringe people's rights. Infringing peoples rights to freedom should be a felony, not infringement of copyright. And again, copyright laws are now a lost cause anyway.

    Considering how Newgrounds Audio Portal has created a "loophole" to the copyright laws by having completely original music from the Creative Commons that is free, but 100% legal to download, theoretically people might just boycott iTunes if Newgrounds gets extensively advertised and will make Newgrounds Audio Portal music the new standard for pop music. I say, we repeal copyright laws and keep steaming legal, because YouTube has already been ruined by Warner Music Group blocking videos, and some people think YouTube has been subverted because of that. Who's with me?

     

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      Chris in Utah (profile), Jun 15th, 2011 @ 9:22pm

      Re: Copyright enforcement is simply just a lost cause anyway.

      Considering I subscribe to the top 5 and my g-mail filter is set to have anything with newgrounds in the e-mail to send it to my newgrounds archive. Low behold my TechDirt label didn't get this one. Lulz, Yeah I'm with you.

      Now the trick is to get Tom Fulp and gang to actually advertise the site to this end.

      Today's modern music brought to you by the site that gave you Charlie the Unicorn (albeit the youtube upload made it popular without permission... ironically enough)

       

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        Chris in Utah (profile), Jun 15th, 2011 @ 9:32pm

        Re: Re: Copyright enforcement is simply just a lost cause anyway.

        The only thing I do regret on posting music on newgrounds is the non-commercial use for many reason that Mike has brought up too many times to mention. However, I see one workaround and that is actually get the artist permission to do so.

         

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          Chris in Utah (profile), Jun 15th, 2011 @ 9:36pm

          Re: Re: Re: Copyright enforcement is simply just a lost cause anyway.

          Wow I regret having thoughts 5 minutes later. In Nina's last post about how you don't need her permission on anything posted is something to bring up with Tom fulp as well.

          other thought was that it was the crowd that called out the re-poster in YouTube and it was handled that way thankfully. Though I think Newgrounds didn't get the view count I may have because of the tard.

           

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    Stefan Youngs, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 4:32am

    FIDDLING WHILST ROME BURNS

    These are the frikking jokers who let our Constitutional rights be trampled on by the farcical anti-democratic Patriot Act WITHOUT a squeak in protest, yet they can find the time to worry about an issue as trivial as this.

    It's time to get rid of these bozos entirely and put people in who can do the people's business, starting by protecting us from our own government.

     

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    Mike, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 4:32pm

    Think the Government will put Google Executives in jail? They are hosting the videos... doesn't that make them criminals?

     

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    Shadow16nh, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 4:59pm

    People who upload innocuous covers to YouTube and those who may link to them elsewhere will be absolutely unaffected by it.

    This article grossly misrepresents the implications of the proposed bill.

    People who upload innocuous covers to YouTube and those who may link to them elsewhere will be absolutely unaffected by it.

    Read the bill more carefully and you’ll see that the “…10 or more public performances…” stipulation is only applicable in conjunction with one or more of the subsequent provisions.

    You fail to note that this law only applies to *intentional* infringements where the total retail value of the performances exceeds $2,500 and the total fair market value of licenses for such use must exceed $5,000.

    Please check your facts more thoroughly in the future before allowing yourself to take an alarmist stance.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 5:55pm

      Re: People who upload innocuous covers to YouTube and those who may link to them elsewhere will be absolutely unaffected by it.

      Not being an alarmist and telling the whole truth don't fly around here.

       

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      Chris in Utah (profile), Jun 16th, 2011 @ 8:14pm

      Re: People who upload innocuous covers to YouTube and those who may link to them elsewhere will be absolutely unaffected by it.

      Ok based on that every cam girl that uses music in her performances will be liable. I'd say the alarmist stance stands pretty well here.

       

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    blupheonix, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 6:07pm

    Hows that hope and change working out for you America?

    2 words. PRIVATE PRISONS. Thats why.
    The more non violent offenders you can jail=an easier job of keeping "inmates" in line. I notice that no one has brought up private prisons as a reason for jailing people for such petty reasons as streaming content. Why aren't these people more interested in securing the border, and kicking out illegals?

     

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    Scott the madman, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 7:03pm

    Fair Use

    I wonder if a partial or "fair use" as described in copyrite laws will also land you in the klink ? Youtube will post to you advising of infringement if the in my case the song is compleat but not when its part of a multiple or "montage" of combined segments of songs

     

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    Blake Everhart, Jun 17th, 2011 @ 4:26pm

    What is difference between watching a video on YouTube or watching an embedded link to that same video? And, nobody is forced to upload videos to YouTube. If you have a problem with people embedding your videos, you can disable that function. These politicians are completely ignorant as to how this website works at what its purpose is.

     

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    Wiskajack, Jun 17th, 2011 @ 9:32pm

    The drums...

    This is bullshit. This law will be misused. ALL THESE LAWS PASSED IN THE LAST DECADE ARE BULLSHIT. Stand up folks.
    The Drums are getting louder...

     

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    anonymous, Jun 18th, 2011 @ 7:33am

    Clarification

    All right. For clarification of this Bill, I see that simply embedding a Youtube video on your private Facebook page so you can share cool and funny videos with your friends won't land you in jail, correct? From what I gather, you as the streamer/embedder must be ENRICHED by this embed somehow. I've never made a plug nickle by doing this, so I should be 5-by-5, yes?

     

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    Josh Taylor, Jun 18th, 2011 @ 7:17pm

    Do you all realize what constitutes as a "public performance" under this bill? We'll the RIAA and MPAA will use this law in court and put everyone in jail for Singing in a hymn or quoting a bible verse in a church. If any one of you are Christian and goes to church, prepare for persecution.

    Singing a copyrighted lyric and quoting from a movie = 5 years in prison. Even though the prisons will be full, there are secretly located FEMA death camps near you that comes with FEMA coffins.

    Make Jesus your savior and start hiding in a cave, preferably a cave of Church Rock in Utah.

    Don't fight the govt, trust Jesus.

     

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      Chris in Utah (profile), Jun 19th, 2011 @ 1:07pm

      Re:

      I cant tell if trolling or just very stupid.

      Apparently looking up for answers and not doing what we've done for the past hundred years with civil disobedience and going hand in hand (with prayers mind you) solves nothing. /sarc

      The hiding under a rock is just classic lulz.

       

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    Jim from Sacramento, Jun 20th, 2011 @ 10:20am

    Only the beginning

    If this law goes through we will no longer be able to distribute videos of government abuse. I think that is the real purpose of this law, but they disguise as a copyright infringment issue. There is usualy an alterior motive when the government tries to pass something this stupid.
    And for now, you must be enriched for embeding the video, but like I stated, the government usualy has a motive. This will open the door for amendments to come later when no one is watching.

     

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    Jim from Sacramento, Jun 20th, 2011 @ 10:21am

    Only the beginning

    If this law goes through we will no longer be able to distribute videos of government abuse. I think that is the real purpose of this law, but they disguise as a copyright infringment issue. There is usualy an alterior motive when the government tries to pass something this stupid.
    And for now, you must be enriched for embeding the video, but like I stated, the government usualy has a motive. This will open the door for amendments to come later when no one is watching.

     

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    Steer, Jun 22nd, 2011 @ 8:59pm

    Mike's irresponsible, outrageous falsehoods

    Mike,

    You've gone completely nuts on this one. If you even done even the most Basic research, you'd realize that this legislation does NOT criminalize any behavior that wasn't already criminal. It simply takes the most egregious cases of conduct that were already misdemeanor crimes under 17 U.S.C. 506(a)(1)(A), and raises them to felonies in particularly egregious cases. So, under this bill, the public performance of copyrighted works is only a felony if (1) it is willfull (knowing and intentional) infringement (2) for commercial advantage or private financial gain (3) involving 10 or more performances within 180 days (4) that cause more than $2,500 in loss to the rights holder. It is clear that none of the parade of horribles you trot out would meet all these conditions, nor would any prosecutor try to claim they did. So which is it: (a) you actually have no idea how to read legislation, (b) you think a willful, commercial infringer who causes more than $2,500 in damage shouldn't be subject to criminal liability, or (c) you are deliberately misleading your readers about this legislation?

     

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      Chris in Utah (profile), Jun 22nd, 2011 @ 11:50pm

      Re: Mike's irresponsible, outrageous falsehoods

      Aka any cam user that a)uses music in there act b)uses it to make a living c)Legislation that the dollar damage figure is based on what exactly? What harm are they doing to another? You think your fellow man, attempting to make a HONEST dollar with there own work is criminal? Who's misleading who here?

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 6:54am

      Re: Mike's irresponsible, outrageous falsehoods

      Please Steer. Don't sidetrack Masnick's paranoid rantings with facts.

      He is deliberating misleading readers, which he does on a variety of topics. But what you will soon learn is that when he's caught in a lie or utter fabrication, he simply responds that he's merely a blogger, thinking that somehow absolves him from accuracy or even good faith.

      His claims are absurd and he knows it. But the true impact of the bill doesn't suit his agenda, so you get insane headlines and crazier assertions.

       

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    Riquin (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 8:27pm

    American artists are suffering...

    Definitely you do not understand the new marketing paradigm created by the internet and as a result American artists are suffering...

    We do not watch TV anymore. Just Netflix movies. We get news from WRH, RawStory, BlackListedNews, etc. We used to buy a lot of American music CDs by listening to some songs in YouTube and then going to Amazon to buy the CD but now people are afraid to load American artists songs to YouTube, fortunately a lot of EU songs are getting loaded to YouTube and we find ourselves buying a lot of EU artists CDs from Amazon. This problem is self feeding because now Amazon sees that we like EU artists and they send us everyday recommendations of CDs by EU artists. Then we go to YouTube and find if we like the recordings and buy EU artist music from Amazon perpetuating the problem for US artists. The media executives do not understand the internet model and then they want to kill it. They are pathetic!!

     

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    Deric, Jun 30th, 2011 @ 2:47pm

    This is bullshit

    This is bullshit, soon I wont be able to think about a game I don't own with out getting arrested. So much greed, the world is fucked

     

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    Jay, Jun 30th, 2011 @ 3:37pm

    This is in direct violation of the constitution and is complete BS. This country is fast becoming a freaking mass dictatorship. Freedom of speech and expression people. Fight for you rights!

     

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    malik king, Jun 30th, 2011 @ 5:45pm

    why

    why would u get rid of this inside of porn
    porn is more disgusting then video games

     

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    Robert, Jun 30th, 2011 @ 8:11pm

    Unmitigated Stupidity and Greed.

    This is yet another example of politicians who are way out of their league in terms of modern technological growth. The internet is a medium that telcom and copyright associated companies want to hijack for personal greed. If illegal content is posted, remove it. It's simple as that.

    Imprisoning citizens for non-violent, petty violations (often unwittingly so), is asinine, inane, an demonstrates a complete alienation of human rights in lieu of the interests of large corporations.

     

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    Stephen, Jun 30th, 2011 @ 9:29pm

    Youtube

    I thought Youtube used the resources of Google to auto screen what goes up, I have a few videos up that have old rock songs embedded. Youtube found that immediately and put ads to buy the music at Amazon in the corner of the video. Since I embed the music for artistic purposes and am not looking for cash, that's fine with me. And should be with everybody else!

     

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    owen easter, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 6:47am

    really

    this is the most stupidest law and does this mean for people in the united kingdom as well

     

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    owen easter, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 6:47am

    really

    this is the most stupidest law and does this mean for people in the united kingdom as well

     

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    Hexpigge, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 10:49am

    ...

    Yes, I do disagree that uploading TV material, unless you own it, is bad and it is just not cool for me to see it getting tons of views. But "let's play" videos would be a giant strike for everything, roosterteeth would go down, machinima would go down (not sure about that though). I've been in trouble for copyright on youtube, but everything was under fair use, so isn't it like a new law would be violating fair use?

    Btw, just for the record, this is probably the most BSFULL thing I have heard this year. I would make a bill that Justin Bieber videos couldn't be uploaded, but noooooOOo!! Five year old girls will run to my house with torches and pitchforks as angry villagers!...

     

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    Giancarlos, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 7:52pm

    This is a true major bother. These major companies like WMG and others are going way too far by going to Congress to take Internet freedom away.

     

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    A Pissed off Person, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 9:07pm

    This is fucking ridiculous. Honestly, why does the American government get so damn radical with every "problem". I don't even see this as a problem, if a music artist releases a song/alblum, and you purchase it with your money, you should have every right to post it on a youtube video, which DOES NOT have any kind of illegal download link that would give people the ability to get the song for free. This is a major infringement of my 1st ammendment rights, and this is going completely against the Bill of Rights.

     

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    svwnl, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 9:21pm

    i understand that they wanna ban movies and tv shows but games videos that is just dumb becaus if you watch a videos from lets say world of warcarft you dont just watch the videos je wanna play it so you buy it . if this bill passes the game industry wil fall and all the big youtube name like machinima and stuff like razer,nvidia that sponser gamers that are big on youtube like seananners,x,swifty,theyogcast will all fall .so if they pass the bil 1000s of people wil lose ther jobs

     

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    Calvin, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 10:40pm

    S.978 short honest opinion

    PLEASE PLEASE please don't put this new law into affect PLEASE, i love watching peoples gaming videos such as tobygames, davidr64yt, manice08, those are some famous you-tubers who play games daily, some gamers even make MONEY off of it, people can have a partnership with YouTube on their gaming channel and make a living off of it, if you put this into effect you could destroy their means of making money! in my opinion that's like firing somebody because they walk funny, you just don't do it! Please take this into consideration.

     

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    zacharias, Jul 1st, 2011 @ 11:52pm

    this law make no fuking sesce. everythin on youtube will die!

     

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    WellDuh, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 4:18am

    The fear campaign is total BS.

    #1 Law established when sheet music was copyrighted already protects innocent perform for purposes that do not attempt material gain (cash/property) nor attempts to deprive the copyright owner of opportunity to profit. Yes cash prize talent shows technically require permission (e.g. Miss America).

    #2 Rights to post video either already exist within or can be added to Gaming licenses issued with purchased games. Can also be added to form letters included with free games sent to reviewers. Zero effort by game companies.

    Sorry but this campaign of twisted half-truths relies on your legal ignorance. Google Public Performance and Copyright.

     

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    WellDuh (profile), Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 4:26am

    Fear Campaign is Total BS

    #1 Law established when sheet music was copyrighted already protects innocent perform for purposes that do not attempt material gain (cash/property) nor attempts to deprive the copyright owner of opportunity to profit. Yes cash prize talent shows technically require permission (e.g. Miss America).

    #2 Rights to post video either already exist within or can be added to Gaming licenses issued with purchased games. Can also be added to form letters included with free games sent to reviewers. Zero effort by game companies.

    Sorry but this campaign of twisted half-truths relies on your legal ignorance. Google Public Performance and Copyright.

     

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    WellDuh (profile), Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 4:50am

    Real Fear for copyright violate is true

    Pirates do have reason for fear and protest. And yes access via links is still giving access.

    Basis for protest -- traditional separation of civil (property, contractual, and mental considerations) from criminal matters (actual or potential physical harm, force and loss of liberty against persons or harm to the community).

    Even most laws on robbery is punished primarily on the basis of harm to community (banks) or on actual or potential physical harm to persons during commission or escape from the felony.

    P.S. Actually for remixes etc, I think that law allows 30 second clips without violating copyright. I am sure that is limited to 1 clip from each performance per each of your means of distribution (webpage, CD, etc). But consult a lawyer or at least google copyright law from professional and college sources.

     

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    Ben, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 5:20am

    NO

    No, do not make uploading VIDEO GAMES on the internet. It helps buisnesses grow, if a big YouTuber posts a game, people will see if they like it or not. If someone was playing a game, uploaded it on YouTube, they would need to ask a HUGE company to reply "Yes." But there are only a small number of people taking phone calls and E-Mails, it will be likely it will not get answered.

    I understand taking down movies, and television programmes, because you would have to pay a decent amount to buy / watch a film. Taking down programmes on YouTube could also be understandable, because you would have to watch advertisements, which could get businesses some money.

    Please rethink these VIDEO GAMING rules. Thank you.

     

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    devoted voter, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 9:39am

    Strike this bill down it is ridiculous!

    I wont be voting for the opposition of anyone who supports this bill or does not act in full to oppose it!

     

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    Andross, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 9:44am

    I don't believe this

    This WILL annoy the machinima makers over Youtube, I for one is a young video maker and I would want to be free of what I want in one of my videos.

    Why be in jail when I'm young? This is stupid!

     

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    Matthew, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 9:53am

    RETARDED!

    THE LADY WHO WROTE THIS IS EVEN MORE RETARDED THAN OBAMA!

     

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    we need younger people in office, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 10:00am

    saw it coming

    knew there had to be a reason 33 of 50 states increased prison budgets while slashing education funding

     

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    IDK, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 11:59am

    I do agree with the law on the grounds of stopping people from streaming or watching shows or movies online for free. But where I draw the line is that you can go to jail for uploading a video of you playing a videogame, which is actually the best form of advertisement for a videogame company. The same goes with you uploading a video of you singing a song. They should revise the bill so it only includes the streaming and/or posting of television shows or movies online.

     

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      Ronald Johnson, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 12:28pm

      Re:

      See, it is not the problem that people aren't paying at all, it's that people are paying the wrong people. (If think that is what you mean, if I understood correctly)

       

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    Ronald Johnson, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 12:25pm

    I agree

    Even though putting videos on YouTube may hurt TV or movie making companies, it actually HELPS video game companies! It is not logical to say "This is a Minecraft video! Five years in jail! or (This is Call of duty you are under arrest!" And if you try too get permission to add a video with copyrighted content, well, millions of other people are asking the same question and the company cannot handle it! The law should either be seriously revised, or rejected. >:(

     

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    Tim, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 12:44pm

    the bill

    it is the republicians thing i want this bill rejected cause me and other people have a lot of gaming videos on youtube

     

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      Jay (profile), Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 3:04pm

      Re: the bill

      This is a LOT more than just Republican vs Democrat. This is about a collusion of government to impede on citizen's rights.

       

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      Your Done, Jul 6th, 2011 @ 9:22am

      Re: the bill

      How is this a republican thing you dush bag? Hillary Clinton is on record 5 times saying she wants violent video games outlawed and she even made a bill to stop games... She has even said that COD was a bad game for adults and children and breeds things like shootings! Go look she's on record saying all of this! So it can't be a republican thing can it you idiot...
      You have been brain washed by the schools the Democrats want you to be good little zombes and so do so
      some of the republicans this is not a party line deal... Although the Democrats will take more freedoms away just look at what they want to take you moron!

      The right to own a gun, violent video games,, 4x4 off roading it's bad for the environment,, hunting,, fishing the list goes on,, we need to be perfect little city zombes!!

      Look what Obama took this year! Your Internet freedom look it up it's gone! The government took over the Internet so those off you that say you will download anyway too bad they will just SHUT YOUR SERVICE OFF! Search filters can search 40 million IP Address per second so don't tell me they can't catch you!

       

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    Joe, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 1:23pm

    All this for what ? what are you guys going to reach with this ?

    i think you only reach war To be honest with it .

    There are a lot of people that love to watch youtube videos of games .

    why dont you all make a law to never make a law like this ever again ?

    Why being stupid and ruin million careers ?

     

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    Maria, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 1:25pm

    Bullshit !

     

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    Darian Comeaux, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 4:12pm

    Videogame walkthroughs/playthroughs

    I understand that the movies and all dat...but you can't just shut down the internet like dis I'am a youtuber myself I do commentaries and I edit my videos to post dem on youtube I do it wit friends and alot of people wants to see other people see the new games that they don't have and see rather or not they like it I don't want you to do dis bill. if you do things won't be the same anymore so please don't do it please

     

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    Anonymous, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 4:31pm

    Impassable

    This law is violation of the freedom of press, as this would shut down press companies like IGN or machinima. If it becomes a law cases will be filed if it hasn't been repealed by the supreme court.

     

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    King Reggin, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 4:53pm

    Good, all the pirates will go to prison.

     

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    lightclash, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 4:57pm

    this is pathetic

     

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    asdasd, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 5:05pm

    This is a fucking stupid law, tho they wont stop me either way. I will stream if i want to

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 2nd, 2011 @ 6:54pm

    well if government doesn't want more money then they should pass the video gaming part cause did you know move will buy a game just from seeing at lest 1min game play or review honestly i hope the government knows the differences between showing game play other showing how to get it for free i don't paying for a game i want for ex: there's person on you tube that plays bitrip runner its game on steam the person plays it acctouly wants me to go on steam pay 10$ for great game that one live steamer plays on you tube.

     

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    Tobais, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 12:14am

    this bill will kill

    a law that forbids you to film your daughter,sister,anyone singing james blunt or any artists song in her own way and put it up on youtube will get you into jail... now thats wrong in everyway... im just curious though how you will get the internet so stricit... these are statics of 2011
    North America = 272.1 Million users
    Europe = 476.2 Million users
    Asia = 922.3 MILLIONS OF USERS
    while people say oh this is only in america though youtube is american. Youtube get 1,586,000 daily website hits 100 Million Worldwide Daily Video Streams and about 63 million unique visitors per month. I can see a problem allready... what will happen to spotify,youtube,facebook,twitter,ustream
    alot of bad choises have been made and it seems like we never learn even afterwards. this bill needs configuration i get the idea of stopping livestreams of movies and tv-shows but there must be a line.. there is a line and the current bill is ignoring it and thats when people goes crazy might end up in jail, and what was a great father sharing his daughters talent her cuteness a great father who is so proud that he puts his memory up on internet might be just that man who ends up in jail because of this bill..
    sending good people into jail creates more villains.. more villains seems like this is going backwards.
    i hope you will realise the stupidity of this bill and care about your people all you need to do is to find that fine line which is imposible to find when there is bigger matter of greed and selfishness and thats when you have lost the spirit of humanity!

     

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      Giovanni, Jul 18th, 2011 @ 5:53pm

      Re: this bill will kill

      It's just like the zero tolerance policies in schools. We aren't even treated like humans anymore. They don't let us go to the bathrooms, have snacks or drinks, or defend yourself from violence. People try to avoid getting stabbed by fighting back and get suspended or expelled. This is just another way the government is trying to control us. And make it so we have no will to stand up for our selves and our rights. They break laws and ignore the constitution on a daily basis yet who holds them accountable? I've had enough!!!

       

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        Nina, Jul 22nd, 2011 @ 10:35am

        Re: Re: this bill will kill

        Back in 1998 the internet laws were more relaxed. There was rarely heard of the censorship which has be occurring in more recent years, and the over-used and abused DMCA was vaguely mentioned. Youtube use to be a place where people could upload their videos, now it's become a place for companies to stick DMCA's and mute audio-tracks in one's upload, whether it be a fan-made video or a simple 40 second clip.

        Remember Napster? That was the first provider that was widely known for the "take-down" that happened due to other companies. It's a sad sight to see, seeing more DMCA's causing websites to disappear from google's search to now law-makers furthering the grip upon 'fair-use' with jail-time for embedded videos on popular up-streams like Youtube. We're not talking about bootleggers here hustling the streets, we're talking about your average joe, a person who could be as young as 12 getting "jailed" for having a game-video on youtube. They are also working with(and have been for some time) your ISP providers on what you download on the internet, now will they do that the same for uploads as well?

        Youtube is chock-full of censorship garbage. It's the main reason why i've stop uploading my own walk-throughs on youtube personally. Ever since the discovery of getting paid for so many hits on a video(everyone and their mom knows about this by now),youtube has been in a downwards frenzy since and that's when the DMCA's really started coming out the wood-work's. You-tube is no longer about "you" the user, the consumer, and the player. It's about censortube, and this bill adds icing to the ugly cake.

         

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    Carmen Y. Piñero, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 1:47am

    This Bill is absurd

    It's getting out of hand. This is ridiculous, in which way a housewife could be able to benefit from this copyright from singing a Karaoke or using it as music for a family video to share with friends.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 3:28am

    Pointless

    I think the Bill is just stupid, if passed about half of you tube's viewers would just stop using it, and quite a lot of gaming websites would be screwed.

     

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      Armando c.gurerra, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 3:57am

      Re: Its true

      Ya me and my friends are in mlg an game battles ranked 21 in thw world we make videos and montages and post them online with music. Thats wat music is made for make videos sound better i mean who wants to watch a plain video with no sound everyone would just end it this law is bs and if they pass it were gonna be screwed

       

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    Against, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 7:12am

    Seriously?

    I can understand movies and TV shows because those are things that you just watch, making TV stations, Hollywood, etc. lose profit. But coverage of video games? That's not something you can interact with. You still have to purchase the game to actually interact with it. Watching it doesn't mean you can interact with it. So that part doesn't make much sense whatsoever.
    Also, jailtime? Seriously? For watching a movie online? That's plain ridiculous. Spending thousands of dollars or five years in jail is illogical for just watching a movie. You have to share a jail cell with a murderer or molester... For watching Iron Man 2 on your computer.
    Don't pass the bill, people. Be logical and use your heads, see that this is just plain stupid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 7:36am

    this bill is stupid

     

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    Norah, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 8:00am

    So...

    ...when they decide something in the USA, thousands of miles from where I live, it affects me too? Oh come on, there is no way this bill is going to pass. At least I hope so. If it does, all I can say is that some people are really fucked up.

     

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    laaxus (profile), Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 11:31am

    thisbullshit

    how dare congress man ive had it up to here with there bullshit now this i mean WTF man how dare they how dare they if could talk to theme theme maybe they wouldn't pass it but im only 18 this is just BS come on congress realy realy im about ready to go over there and blow the damm place up with c4

     

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    Ken, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 12:34pm

    The congress, goverment, lawmakers and politicians are nothing but a bunch of rapists, drug dealers, perverts, child molesters and arms dealers. This is why I never play with politics.

     

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    Theguy from finland, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 4:17pm

    This bill sucks

    Dont want it

     

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    josh clay, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 9:06pm

    youtube has people on it that upload videos for a living. its their job to do that. if there isn't enough jobs in America then why make less?

     

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    DB, Jul 4th, 2011 @ 11:29am

    let's play video's

    that also means that i cant watch let's play video's on youtube.....i live on those because i dont like actually playing some of the games myself or i want to see where a rare/secret weapon is....people should be allowed to upload what they want (not full movies to youtube tho)

     

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    nick, Jul 4th, 2011 @ 11:56am

    We're not stealing!

    We're not stealing copyrights! We're just having fun!

     

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    jordan barron, Jul 4th, 2011 @ 4:45pm

    what the f**k

    dear congress:
    congress are you f**king kidding me your making a bill on the biggest bullsh*t ever i mean if you aprove this bill i can tell and you can tell the suicide rate will go throught the f***ing roof look do not aprove this bill i beg of you if you do the'll be more riots in this country than ever before all of the game companys will fall apart and the jail will fill up like a bowl of water. But i know you hate to see people in the jail but dont aprove the bill and we can all just go back doing what we were doing before this silly bill came up please
    -jordan

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 4th, 2011 @ 7:01pm

    this bill will take down over 75% of the whole internet if it passes

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 4th, 2011 @ 9:39pm

    I think this bill is completly stupid and idiotic and complete being blown out of porportion i dont even think it should have been brought into congress they need to worry about things like fixing the budget problems more than a few people makeing videos on youtube

     

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    S-3, Jul 4th, 2011 @ 10:39pm

    Revolution if this bill is passed.

    And I mean, Violent revolution.

    Simple as that.

    This is the gov't cozying upo to their corporate masters, just so they can keep their jobs of being slavedrivers- somthing that should've been stopped yesterday.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 6th, 2011 @ 7:11am

    About performing...

    From what I understand it seems as if you sing a copyrighted song yourself or draw a picture of mickey mouse and post it online, that counts as infringement?

    Are they talking about actually posting the actual copyrighted thing itself as their own, or your own version of it (i.e. you singing lady gaga, or your own drawing of mickey)

    Either way, if it's not for profit I don't understand why they need to make a law against that specific part (if that's what they mean)

     

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    BullShit, Jul 6th, 2011 @ 7:12am

    What the?

    I agree that its not right to upload movies and stuffs without permisson but youtube videos can be taken down at any point by the company that thinks it copyright but they usually dont because it helps them sell game or whatever

     

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    Your Wrong, Jul 6th, 2011 @ 9:45am

    As an European I think that you Americans really go crazy. First you go after the moslims, then you exclude Europeans and now you are haunting eachother. You have a dangerous form of paranoia. Don't forget one thing. Youtube made a lot of performers only more famous and even forgotten performers attractive again. Remember USA, you don't own the internet!!!

    Your a Idiot mr dumb European you lost all your freedoms you can't even wipe your own Ass! It's a fact that you did lose your Internet freedoms you can't even afford a nice hamburger or a t bone steak! I come there every year on business it sucks big monkey balls I would kill my self if I had to live there! And the Muslims you speak about firebombed a whole area of a city when I was there a burnt like 60 cars.. They run the show wile you white people live in fear.. So us Americans don't roll over and let inbread pig F****ing Muslims run our show. You European only have access to have of the stuff on YouTube and the net lol and lazy Amercans are next we are to lazy to take a stand so it's all going down the drain.. We got to comfortable with our freedoms!

     

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    Calvin, Jul 6th, 2011 @ 12:16pm

    Videos

    I couldnt live with out videos like minecraft and more of other games why are you doing this to us people make money off of making videos such like these how many people would maybe go broke because of this new law passes threw i would just be a crisis idk what would happen to people who been making these videos for a long time how would they feel killin thwere reputation please dont let this law pass please there would be no point on having youtube without these videos

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 6th, 2011 @ 5:56pm

    heh these politions are bitches

     

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    oscar ortega, Jul 8th, 2011 @ 11:09am

    bill S978

    WTF man let us be free and live our lives
    dude if god lets us be free why would u take tyhos privalages
    off
    your not god to take off those privalages man
    and look if we do wrong its not your problem its our problem we will pay not you

     

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    Hydrogen (profile), Jul 8th, 2011 @ 2:45pm

    What the hell is wrong with our government

    Wow. Just...wow. This bill could cause thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of youtubers to go to jail. They said something about any 'public performance' of copyrighted material 10 times or something like that could make you go to jail for 5 years and have a huge fee. Based on their bill, it sounds like having Super Smash Bros. Brawl and super Smash Bros. Melee tournaments live, even if they werent streamed to a video viewing site, could make the filmers and possibly even the players go to jail for doing something fun! Our government is totally corrupt...

     

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    Rafael, Jul 9th, 2011 @ 12:26pm

    This is insane !

     

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    Luana, Jul 10th, 2011 @ 5:25pm

    This is ridiculous!!

    this is ridiculous!! if they do this the Internet will mean nothing everything we do is for fun not to harm someone... is fun to pass hours to edit or playing or listen... if they continue with this the Internet will lost the bright that has until today... Let's protect our honor as well!! they're not GOD to decide what is better or not... they don't have authorship to do this! they can not decide for us!?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2011 @ 1:43am

    Haha
    Proof enough that your country is fucked up
    So if a war veteran posts a video on youtube that has a song from a band in it that he didnt have permission from to use. They would send him to jail?
    Holy Jesu what the fuck is wrong with your country?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2011 @ 2:26pm

    I SAY yes i think this bill should be passed a.s.a.p

     

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    Anonymous Person, Jul 12th, 2011 @ 8:11am

    Embedded Question

    Wouldn't Embedded videos with both composer and video of the creator count as the 1st amendment? As long the person just puts the (Person, Artist, Band, Composer) who created the (song/video) in the credits of something yada yada yada...

    The bill for ridiculous copyright issues... Most people tend to find more composers from this whole deal.

    I may not be a big shot, but I know limitation to the cyber world could cause something bad to happen to the general mind of its citizens.

     

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    Aurora, Jul 12th, 2011 @ 10:23am

    ......

    If this law gets passed, then I throw my laptop out the window.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 12th, 2011 @ 3:01pm

    why doesn't youtube just use part of the money the make from putting up ads and pay a small portion to a single company that would then equally distribute that money to the companies that are all pissed off about people putting their content up? I mean really, this is all about money, so lets just make them happy and get them to stfu for once. Seriously, it's not like we on youtube are selling their content and making money from it, if anything, we're giving them more exposure and causing them to have an overall greater audience much quicker.

     

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    erian, Jul 12th, 2011 @ 9:49pm

    OK... lets end the point less bickering. Bill S.978 should be revised and more focused on the copy-rite of movies and TV. NOT video games. gamers search for games online to show how they play the game, to find out the secrets so they can pass the level/game, to be inspired to branch out to other games or to see if they want to the game themselves, few search online because they ether don't have the system need or they are unable to find/play the game.

    if you have other ideas i would like 2 here them email me at erianeady@yahoo.com

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 15th, 2011 @ 7:03pm

    Why would you do this we worked the best for all gaming companys for you to get popular for our enterniamenet and for more sells for you companys. We look up to you and you helped our lives and we helped yours we love your games and music you are taking it away so fine go ahead make your games be less popular.I understand the Movies and tv shows because you should buy it not watch for free YOU NEED TO BUY IT!So please DO NOT/DO NOT Pass this out you are making your companys get less fans and lose money just for doing this bill THIS CAN END THE INTERNET FOREVER PLZ PLZ PLZ DO NOT/DO NOT PASS THIS OUT SO I WASTED MY MONEY ON 90 AND 110 DOLLARS ON CAPTURES CARDS GAME SYSYTEMS AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY FOR NOTHING YOUR JUST MAKING MORE PEOPLE NEED JOBS AND HACK THINGS ITS NOT SMART ONE BIT AND ALMOST ALL/ALL GAMERS WILL AGREE WITH THE FACT TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF THERE LIFE OF GAMING AND GOING THOROUGH HARD/HARD WORK OF THIS FOR NOTHING!WELL LISTEN TO ME BYE

     

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    Giovanni, Jul 18th, 2011 @ 5:44pm

    Internet Screwed.

    I hope you guys realize that Youtube, Machinima, Hulu, Tosh.0, any and all videos with copyrighted material(music, games, television)in it or the background, etc. will be done for? No more cover songs, no more commentaries, no more reviews, no more parodies, no more anything involving material with copyrights on the internet. The government is trying to further control us. Next hey will take away free speech from us.

     

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    Nina, Jul 22nd, 2011 @ 9:59am

    Over-Control

    For years its the gamers who have been promoting the game industries software by word of mouth(way back before you-tube and online game-guides were available). This Bill will defiantly not only hamper/crush those promotions, but put your average player/consumer behind bars simply for uploading their own video-games online.

    These "bills" are not in the favor of the consumer but for the big-wigs at the top who get thousands upon thousands a dollars a year who are more worried about someone uploading a barbie tune in a 10-flash video clip of an online game and similar hogposh than more important, concerning matters like jobs (that they have been gladly diminishing these past 5-6 years).

    Not only is this bill backwards beyond belief, but also a promotion to an early death-sentence to many game companies if it is allowed to past. Why bother playing a game, when you cannot even upload video-content of your own game-play without going to jail for it? That would severely put a damper in all the "fan-site" and would in-defiantly kill the video-game industry.

    This is nothing more than an further attempt at internet censorship and control while taking away and violating the rights of the American citizenship by treating them as criminals. Youtube has already undergone several censorship methods and routines, now the law-makers are trying to pass bills to further the crunch on free-speech and fair-use on the internet.

    I am fully against this bill 100%.

     

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    3dwaddle, Jul 23rd, 2011 @ 12:36pm

    Stupid

    I swear next thing we know there's going to be arrests for asking questions at a help desk. And then why not toss in the people who Rick roll for being misleading. Stupid

     

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    matheus, Aug 19th, 2011 @ 4:01pm

    YOUTUBE

    ai youtube que sacaniar ne merda

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 6th, 2011 @ 6:09pm

    While the current draft of S978 does not, contrary to all the FUD going around, make viewing the videos illegal, the laws could be amended later on to change that.

    While the leaked Trans Pacific Partnership IP chapter is not as sweeping as ACTA, it does require signatory countries to criminalise copyright infrinment, either for "commercial purposes", "financial gain", or if it is "prejudicial to the copyright owner"

    It is that last one that could be troubling. It could mean that Congress could be forced, later on, to amend S978 to specifically make viewing the videos illegal. The "prejudicial to the copyright owner" clause will ultimately have to be decided by the courts.

    Oc course, enforceability of any law against viewing videos could be difficult, as people could start using proxies in non-TPP countries to hide their activities.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 9:27am

    this is gonna destroy alot of the industry video game companys will go down the tube and the internet will become more of a barren waste land

     

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    Torio, Nov 29th, 2011 @ 8:08pm

    Apparently it is just about time to make it so that anything an average citizen does is a criminal offense. Oh wait thats whats happening. Do we really a a society think that it is just to make individuals worry that they are committing a criminal offense when they do something which has quickly become common in society? To use the birthday party example. Is it really just for it to be a criminal offense for me to post a video of my friends singing happy birthday on youtube (that would be the easiest way to get it to them) and then other people looking at it for what ever reason they find it amusing? I really cant believe the world I live in sometimes this really shouldn't even need to be a discussion.

     

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    Randy Cox, Jan 17th, 2012 @ 6:31pm

    embedded you tube

    The big guys that support this law infringe all the time. They can afford to defend themselves as well as bring pressure from all sorts of places on those who would try to stop them from infringing.

    All the little people will be hurt by this. They have the power to stop this law, but there is a reason why they are little. They seldom use the power they have. Mostly they are sheep. They keep giving in to the big guys.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 27th, 2012 @ 7:08pm

    Fuck government sensoring the Internet we got more important things like the economy

     

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