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  1. Felony streaming

    Last year, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation that would ratchet up the penalties for unauthorized streaming of copyrighted works. Under her bill, you could face up to five years in prison if you show 10 or more “public performances” over the Internet in a 180-day period, and the total retail value of the “performances” exceeds $2500.

    When Rep. Smith introduced SOPA, he incorporated a lightly modified version of Klobuchar’s bill. His version sets the bar even lower than Klobuchar’s. Streaming even one copyrighted work subjects you to liability if it has a retail value of at least $1000. And any streaming of unauthorized copyrighted material “for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain” is subject to punishment.

    Noted copyright scholar Justin Beiber has called for Klobuchar to be “locked up” for proposing the felony streaming bill. It’s not clear exactly what this section of the bill would prohibit (some have suggested the videos that made Bieber famous would have made him a felon, since he sang copyrighted songs without getting licenses for them), but 5-year jail terms seem excessive in any case.


    Protect Mickey at all costs.

  3. Via Cory Doctorow, a new report commissioned by the Swiss government finds that people who download things online without paying for them actually end up spending more money than people who don’t. This applies to consumers of music, television, and video games. Piracy pays, apparently:

  4. The format was created by someone on twitter, and I’m sorry, but I can’t give proper credit as of right now.  If I can find it, I’ll be back.

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