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White House Seeks to Make Audio and Video Streaming a Felony.

There has been a long discussion on Oneutah about wiretapping terrorists. Now the Obama administration has released a white paper recommending laws to authorize the government to wiretap anyone suspected of copyright infringement. They also want to give copyright owners heads up on all investigations and seizures prior to any government action.

Recommendation: The Administration recommends that Congress amend 18 U.S.C. § 2516 to give law enforcement authority to seek a wiretap for criminal copyright and trademark offenses.

The administration also wants to make streaming video or music a felony with up to 20 years in prison. So playing that Youtube video could get you put away for a long time if Obama gets his way. Senate bill S. 978 is running through Congress right now that will criminalize streaming of video or audio files. More and more we are seeing copyright laws used to squelch free speech and now they can use these proposed laws if enacted to remove sites deemed “Infringers” and put not only the website operators in prison but individual users as well.

Ensure Felony Penalties for Infringement By Streaming and by Means of Other New Technology: It is imperative that our laws account for changes in technology used by infringers. One recent technological change is the illegal streaming of content. Existing law provides felony penalties for willful copyright infringement, but felony penalties are predicated on the defendant either illegally reproducing or distributing the copyrighted work.2 Questions have arisen about whether streaming constitutes the
distribution of copyrighted works (and thereby is a felony) .

Soon even linking or accessing a site could become illegal in Obama’s IP Maximilist world.

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