Senate Bill Makes Streaming Illegal Video A Felony
June 17, 2011 at 5:54 AM (PT)
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill introduced MAY 12th by Senators AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MN), JOHN CORNYN (R-TX) and CHRISTOPHER COONS (D-DE) that will make illegal streaming of video over the Internet a felony offense.
The bill, reports BLOOMBERG, "would make illegal video streaming for commercial purposes a felony punishable by as much as five years in prison if it involves 10 or more instances of streaming copyrighted works over a 180-day period. The retail value of the video must exceed $2,500, or the licenses to the material must be worth more than $5,000."
"This isn't about individuals or families streaming movies at home," KLOBUCHAR wrote in an e-mail. "It’s about criminals streaming thousands of dollars worth of stolen digital content and profiting from it."