The Commercial Felony Streaming Act (S. 978) was introduced in the 112th Congress, which has adjourned.

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The Commercial Felony Streaming Act

S. 978: A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.

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The Commercial Felony Streaming Act (S. 978) was introduced in the 112th Congress, which has adjourned. It has not yet been reintroduced.

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International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) 166,353 Facebook fans 61 Twitter followers

“We commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S. 978, the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, out of committee. This marks the second time in three weeks that the Senate Judiciary Committee has taken decisive action to approve legislation that can make a significant difference in fighting the scourge of online content theft.

“We congratulate Senator Klobuchar, Senator Cornyn and Senator Coons, who introduced the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, for recognizing that digital content theft via streaming is just as illegal as digital content theft via downloading, and for leading the charge to apply the same criminal penalties to illegal streaming ...

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Screen Actors Guild 75,703 Facebook fans

“We commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S. 978, the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, out of committee. This marks the second time in three weeks that the Senate Judiciary Committee has taken decisive action to approve legislation that can make a significant difference in fighting the scourge of online content theft.

“We congratulate Senator Klobuchar, Senator Cornyn and Senator Coons, who introduced the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, for recognizing that digital content theft via streaming is just as illegal as digital content theft via downloading, and for leading the charge to apply the same criminal penalties to illegal streaming ...

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American Federation of Musicians 8,189 Facebook fans 5,559 Twitter followers

“We commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S. 978, the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, out of committee. This marks the second time in three weeks that the Senate Judiciary Committee has taken decisive action to approve legislation that can make a significant difference in fighting the scourge of online content theft.

“We congratulate Senator Klobuchar, Senator Cornyn and Senator Coons, who introduced the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, for recognizing that digital content theft via streaming is just as illegal as digital content theft via downloading, and for leading the charge to apply the same criminal penalties to illegal streaming ...

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Graphic Artists Guild 3,465 Facebook fans 2,444 Twitter followers

This bill would establish criminal penalties for illegally streaming copyrighted material online (willful infringement), specifically aimed at motion pictures (TV, film, video).

S. 978 will update existing copyright law to add internet technology to the other methods/media of willful criminal infringement. Criminal infringement is the same, regardless of the technology used. This bill simply adds the new technology of streaming copyrighted motion pictures over the internet to the existing law, which presently describes copying and selling “recordings.”

If you read our copyright law and the text of the bill, it is clear that there are criminal penalties for people ...

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