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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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37. we must repeat Jul 4, 2011, 11:53 space captain
 
the travel which has built my career has been necessarily multi-dimensional, hyper-dimensional, meta-temporal, so forth and so on

if your mind is not open and elastic, it will snap like a twig under such duress

espionage requires disguise, and hiding in plain sight is indeed the ultimate mask... a requisite to ensure the survival of life in the face of its ignorant spite for itself

once you can see suicide and genocide on the same coin, then we can talk about subspace signals...
 
Go forth, and kill!
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