This just in (or not) & APB – The S.978 bill

*groan*

Some days it’s just one thing after another… Only a few days after gamers’ victory over California via the Supreme Court: ‘Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn.’ (most celebrated, but Jon Stewart – funny, also wrong. Stick with ‘the Decider’ jokes…); I couldn’t think that the powers that be would start up again so soon, or come up with a bill even more idiotic than the one that just failed, but I was wrong… Apparently some of the world’s biggest and richest entertainment providers as well as some ill informed people in US government has brought to table the S.978 bill. This bill is as follows:

 

To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes – 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

 

On the surface, this is another attempt to control unauthorized movie, TV, and music viewing on YouTube or any other pubic media site. However this piece of drek also affects video games; if this bill passes anyone who posted video game footage  online without the direct consent of the Intellectual Property owners will possibly pay over $2,000 in fines and/or be incarcerated up to five years in prison.

 

The bill as it stands will annihilate the following on media sites (including my own):

  • Video reviews
  • Video guides
  • Personal Gaming achievements (or in my case, oddities)
  • Event footage (like E3)
  • Trailers (outside of IP providers)
  • Fan renditions of gameplay scenes and music
  • Various media sources

 

The S.978 bill right now is still in the litigation process and in my personal opinion will ultimately get defeated. However you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile, the people have the power so let’s use it. Follow the link here and let the members of congress know that U.S. gamers won’t stand for this! Better yet, find out who your congress man or women is and write a polite, but firm, letter on how a ‘scorched earth’ bill against content pirates will harm us all.

 

And with that I’m spent, for more information please use the following links and enjoy the video from ‘DarkSydePhil’ of ‘DSP Gaming’ on the subject (he provided the demandprogress.org link). Please treat this with the most serious mind, in mind; video games have always been under fire ever since we were little kids, now as adults we can fight back for the games we love.

 

 

S.978 bill (1)

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S.978 bill (3)

Demand Progress