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07-06-2011   #11 (permalink)
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My only opinion is that I don't really have an opinion. It's pretty doubtful that this bill would get passed anyway, as many people make a livelihood off of these things, and the members of Congress should already be aware of that. While it won't have an immense effect on me personally, I know several people who it would.

The bill itself is also actually very vague, and applies to much more than just gaming videos. If I recall correctly, it basically applies to streaming any copyrighted content, including such things as TV shows, music, etc., without express written consent of the copyright owner.

Summarized by OpenCongress: "Makes unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Illegal streaming of copyrighted content is defined in the bill as an offense that "consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works" and has a total economic value, either to the copyright holder or the infringer, of at least $2,500."

If you're interested in reading the actual bill, have at it: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-1...-112s978rs.pdf
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