The anti-piracy legislation known as the “10 Strikes” bill, proposed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), passed out of the Senate Judiciary committee last Thursday and is now advancing through the Senate. This bill would criminalize streaming of copyrighted content, making it punishable by up to five years of jail time.
This bill could have wide-reaching effects: in addition to more obvious methods of streaming, any videos with copyrighted music or of public performances would now be deemed illegal. For example, that means a YouTube video of a party or celebration with music playing in the background could land you in jail.
Klobuchar’s legislation would seriously limit our Internet freedoms. Over 30,000 Demand Progress members have already emailed their lawmakers to urge them to oppose the bill. Will you join them? Click here to make your voice heard and let your lawmakers know that this bill is unacceptable (http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/ten_strikes/?page=sk).
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