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The Pizza Delivery Guy
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:46 AM

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We might never see Sophia Grace Brownlee's fantastic Nicki Minaj impression, or this adorable ukulele cover of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," or even a young Justin Beiber performance again if the Department of Commerce gets its way.

The department's Internet Policy Task Force last week proposed making it a felony to stream copyrighted works. According to Techdirt, such a provision, if interpreted broadly, could apply to people who upload covers of themselves performing songs to YouTube without permission.

That could be bad news for people like Bieber, who first won fame in part through YouTube videos of his performances of popular R&B covers.  An earlier bill to criminalize streaming died in the Senate in 2011. At the time, activists opposing it began a "Free Bieber" campaign, which emphasized how the bill would put popular YouTube artists in jeopardy.

Criminalizing streaming was then made a key component of the much-maligned Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which sought to stem the spread of copyrighted material on the Web. Opponents, with the support of Google, Reddit and other large websites, said the bill threatened free speech online and mounted a protest campaign that culminated with President Barack Obama announcing that he would not support the legislation.

Streaming copyrighted works without permission is currently a misdemeanor -- technically punishable by a fine or, rarely, a short stint in jail.  More often, it leads to civil suits. In the latest example, a group of music publishers on Tuesday sued Fullscreen, a multi-channel network on YouTube, for posting unauthorized videos of lesser-known artists covering popular songs.

The Internet Policy Task Force report notes that as streaming has become an increasingly popular means of viewing copyrighted content, "the lack of potential felony penalties for criminal acts of streaming disincentivizes prosecution and undermines deterrence."

Their solution is to make streaming -- including material that would fall under the "public performance" category -- the kind of crime that courts can punish with years of prison time.

Perhaps we should expect a Free Bieber revival, too.


http://www.huffingto..._n_3720479.html

Two other articles:
http://www.washingto...ive-part-of-it/
https://www.techdirt...ions-sopa.shtml

Well this is f*cking fantastic. Back to the internet wars it seems. We stopped it once, we can do it again so spread the word, and let's stop it again.

https://petitions.wh...a-2013/LMzMVrQF

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:51 AM

Whoa, that's just taking it too far.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:54 AM

You know what will stop all of this? If you boycott every single company that supports SOPA, and send letters to every congressman that supports such bullsh*t. You're just sitting on a computer bitching about while posting a link to a petition no one gives a sh*t about.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:57 AM

How is a cover of a song going to be labeled a felony? That's insane. It' doesn't take profits away from the artist, it probably makes their songs more popular.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:05 AM

Is anyone else at the point that you're tired of fighting SOPA/PIPA? You know it's a HORRENDOUS bill , but you can't seem to rail against it like you used to?

And the worst part is, that's what the corporations want. For people to get tired of fighting.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:13 AM

SOPA, Why the F*ck won't you die!

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:14 AM

HA!


ahahahaha



that's just ridiculous.. who in their right mind is so dango greedy that they cannot even imagine a lesser being performing one of their own copyrighted sequence of notes.

Music and art builds upon itself. Could you imagine if Pachelbel copywrote the underlying melody to Canon? Nearly every top hit throughout the decades couldn't legally exist lol.

Instead of being so greedy with music and technology we should be pushed to share it with others to help expand and better it. How funny and ridiculous so many of today's laws would be if our world and lives didn't revolve around the concept of money..

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:15 AM

Yeah, I think it's time for some actual change in our government.

*insert Thanks, Obama meme here*

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:15 AM Edited by Raavi, 23 August 2013 - 03:26 AM.

What else did you expect from the 'land of the once free'?

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:19 AM

QUOTE (aceofhicks @ Thursday, Aug 22 2013, 22:05)
And the worst part is, that's what the corporations want. For people to get tired of fighting.

It's a tactic they know actually has a chance of working, and deep enough pockest to try to tire those fighting against it. All for the possiblilty of making more money and criminalizing those who go against them.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 07:56 AM

Not signing my name on Whitehouse.gov, gov database. No way, Jose!

This won't happen, it'll be shut down once again.. so don't worry.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:49 AM

QUOTE (The Pizza Delivery Guy @ Friday, Aug 23 2013, 03:46)
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or even a young Justin Beiber performance again if the Department of Commerce gets its way.

Well, that's an advantage.
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:44 AM

All these music artists already live in mansions, What are we gonna take from Them, a penny from their stacks upon stacks of paper they get every hour?!!!! NO im gonna go to youtube right now and find "J Cole - Forbidden Fruit Instrumental" and go to youtube to mp3 and get it on my MP3 Player for when I want to relax and think!!!

those nosy freedom taking bastards don't even need anything from Us, they are just greedy no good satan worshipping cult leading PIGS. Im sick of them raping hard working people who don't even make a fraction of a fraction of what they make in a minute. Punks.........

Sorry I am ranting but for good reason. Let SOPA die, let it burn and cook in flames





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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:41 AM

We see it countless times in the media, a complete dystopian kind of future where everything is condensed, regulated, and even psychologically blocked. However, that's fiction. There would have to be some kind of massive turning point to where we all give up fighting. SOPA would never pass because too many people are accustomed to the freedom of information, and the freedom of viewing. Do you think SOPA would be lawfully greenlit? Do you really? Think of how much commercialization you'd lose. Think of how many artists, actors, and many others would speak out against it.

SOPA's never going to be achieved, regardless of whether they keep trying.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:10 PM

Brought up to fall again

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:37 PM

This is like beating a dead horse. It isn't going to happen.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:39 PM

The "don't worry guys, it'll never happen" is the exact type of complacent attitude that will let a law like this pass. Not that I can really judge, I'm not doing sh*t about it either.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:54 PM

nobody cares about SOPA and by now I think almost everyone who knows about it knows its just a scam based off of personal interests.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE (Quartercan American @ Friday, Aug 23 2013, 04:44)
All these music artists already live in mansions, What are we gonna take from Them, a penny from their stacks upon stacks of paper they get every hour?!!!! NO im gonna go to youtube right now and find "J Cole - Forbidden Fruit Instrumental" and go to youtube to mp3 and get it on my MP3 Player for when I want to relax and think!!!

those nosy freedom taking bastards don't even need anything from Us, they are just greedy no good satan worshipping cult leading PIGS. Im sick of them raping hard working people who don't even make a fraction of a fraction of what they make in a minute. Punks.........

Sorry I am ranting but for good reason. Let SOPA die, let it burn and cook in flames

Do you want to talk about it?




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