HAMMOND- The U.S. Senate is in the process of passing a bill that will make the streaming of copyrighted material illegal. The bill, called S. 978 or the Anti-Streaming Bill, states that offenders could face felony charges and be sentenced to 5 years in jail.
If S. 978 is passed, it will largely affect certain public websites such as YouTube and similar media-sharing outlets.
People everywhere are lashing out against Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is the face of the Anti-Streaming Bill. Most notable to stand up to Klobuchar is singer/songwriter Justin Bieber, who gained his initial success by singing cover songs on YouTube.
Bieber stated that Klobuchar should be “put away in cuffs” for taking away that freedom.
The Anti-Streaming Bill, also known as Ten Strikes Bill, restricts users to “10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works”. This means that if you upload 9 copyrighted videos, you’re okay. However; if you add just one more, you could be facing five years in prison or thousands of dollars in fines.
Donald McNeese, a student at Southeastern Louisiana University, says he feels that the bill “takes away from the fun and freedom of YouTube.”
McNeese isn’t the only person on campus upset about the bill. Randall Lessard, also a student at SELU, says that passing the bill will affect how often he uses YouTube. “Half of the time that I get on the Internet it’s to watch a music video on YouTube.”
Not only does the Anti-Streaming Bill affect music and movie clips on the Internet, it also affects clips of video games. Many users go online to watch an honest review of a video game to decide whether or not to buy the game. In a way, the bill takes away the advertisement of video games.
While the creation of Senate Bill 978 may be well intended, and will certainly prevent users from committing copyright infringement, there definitely seems to be some potential repercussions to the passing of the bill. Only time will tell.