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On The Streaming Infringement Bill

The Word of Notch has a post about Bill S.978, which is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate: "to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes." The bill: "Makes unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Illegal streaming of copyrighted content is defined in the bill as an offense that 'consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works' and has a total economic value, either to the copyright holder or the infringer, of at least $2,500." This is opposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but has the support of AFTRA, SAG, MPAA, RIAA, and other copyright-lovers. As Notch notes, this has raised concerns that it could criminalize the simple act of uploading a gameplay video, and while it's hard to imagine such fair use scenarios becoming illegal, he offers the straightforward way Mojang would handle it should such a law come to pass:

If the bill passes, I suspect many game companies (including us) will add a special clause to the TOS specifically to allow posting videos of their games. A huge part of why Minecraft has grown so fast is the YouTube community.

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29. Re: On The Streaming Infringement Bill Jul 3, 2011, 20:30 MisterBenn
 
I wonder whether "unsympathetic" displays of impending games will be allowed to remain on YouTube after this law. Some games get the piss taken out of them mercilessly on YogTrailers for example, I wonder whether things like this could end up being pulled...

http://www.youtube.com/user/yogscast2#p/u/25/MyrlevOwl2Y

With the investment in marketing and the information lockdown that happens before a game's release, I always thought that companies must hate that stuff being out there. Good viewing though!
 
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