i didn't see this posted anywhere and i don't know if it goes against any OCN policy to discuss this. sorry if it does.
The text of S. 978 isn't yet available from the official THOMAS system, but Klobuchar's office sent us a copy of the brief bill. Under current law, "reproducing" and "distributing" copyrighted works are felony charges and cover P2P transfers and Web downloads. But streaming is a "public performance" rather than a "distribution"â€”and holding a public performance without a proper license is not a felony. S. 978 adds "public performance" to the felony list.
Online streamers can now face up to five years in prison and a fine in cases where:
They show 10 or more "public performances" by electronic means in any 180-day period and
The total retail value of those performances tops $2,500 or the cost of licensing such performances is greater than $5,000