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[CNET] White House wants new copyright law crackdown

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• The White House is concerned that "illegal streaming of content" may not be covered by criminal law, saying "questions have arisen about whether streaming constitutes the distribution of copyrighted works." To resolve that ambiguity, it wants a new law to "clarify that infringement by streaming, or by means of other similar new technology, is a felony in appropriate circumstances."

• Under federal law, wiretaps may only be conducted in investigations of serious crimes, a list that was expanded by the 2001 Patriot Act to include offenses such as material support of terrorism and use of weapons of mass destruction. The administration is proposing to add copyright and trademark infringement, arguing that move "would assist U.S. law enforcement agencies to effectively investigate those offenses."

• Under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it's generally illegal to distribute hardware or software--such as the DVD-decoding software Handbrake available from a server in France--that can "circumvent" copy protection technology. The administration is proposing that if Homeland Security seizes circumvention devices, it be permitted to "inform rightholders," "provide samples of such devices," and assist "them in bringing civil actions."

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Wow, should be interesting. What really annoys me is that they are suggesting that streaming something should be a felony... seems a tad excessive. In any case, isn't the person uploading the content the one who should be held responsible?
Edited by basenne - 3/16/11 at 10:49pm
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And this is where it starts. First it's going to be for streaming video. Next it's going to be for even visiting a torrent site at all, then it will be for posting a rude comment, then for buying from overseas stores, visiting anti-government sites, overseas news and so on.

Censorship is a wonderful thing. Not.
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Just because they are going after streamers, doesn't mean that people will comply...

You have to consider the sheer # of pirates first.....

Can the government take on millions and millions of piraters?

Maybe the answer is yes, and even if was a criminal offense, does that mean they will tie up the courts with trials & waste precious more tax money on such a fight?

Will they go after International pirates too like those found in China or India etc, or will they just focus on US Citizens?

Perhaps they can succeed in their endeavors to lessen piracy significantly in the US, but I doubt they can quash it all together...

The cost to bring someone to US Courts from overseas seems rather unlikely...

The US Arm is starting to shorten anyway...

I say the only thing they stand to gain by this whole law thing is to create more slaves for the state or federal department...

Censorship is not a solution, it's an attempt to control the public...

The public will break every law you write regardless of the punishment!!! FACT!

Now, onto what is real, so you make streaming a felony, does that give you the right to tap everyone's internet line and watch it then? Just because you think the world is doing bad?

What happened to privacy?

Can you really tap a P2P Encrypted connection?

All of this BS seems a bit much to me, no matter what happens, it will be interesting to see how they rape people in courts in the name of the Media Corporations...
Edited by _GTech - 3/17/11 at 8:45am
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GL stopping the Chinese hosted sites.
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You cannot stop piracy. It's as easy as that.
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Sometimes I think that they are close minded fools.

Edit: Post number ends in 69. Oh yeaaaa smile.gif
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Wow... Just wow. Who the hell is coming up with this stuff and why aren't they dead already?
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All they really have to do is make examples of people like the music industry did by suing single moms for thousands of dollars.. The terror will either cut down on piracy or cause mass protests.
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Every time I read posts about these kinds of copyright issues, or basically anything corporate whore related I just think of the scene at the end of the movie "Fight Club". Then I feel better inside.
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I hope they don't come down on the torrent community sites..

In example;

If you have a DVR and are capable of watching a recorded show what is the difference between that or downloading that particular episode?

So if I pay for a service to watch a TV program, shouldn't I be able to download a copy of it?! (For private in-home viewing, or portable private viewing?!)

I'm not talking about movies - just TV.
    
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