Stop the Anti-Streaming Bill #S. 978
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Stop the Anti-Streaming Bill #S. 978

    1. Tim Light
    2. Petition by

      Tim Light

      Sacramento, CA

The fate of the online world is at hand with this bill. If it is passed, it will criminalize the posting, embedding, streaming, and viewing of copyrighted material online. This means you will not be able to share that amusing video you found on Youtube today with your friends on any social media website you may use or any personal website for that matter. It will criminalize people that view these videos also with up to 5 years in prison and a hefty fine. It will close down many popular Youtube channels that are ad based leaving a large portion of the Youtube community without content, which will then lead to the downfall of Youtube. This is just one example of the ramifications of this Bill.

Just one hours worth of reasearch yielded amazing results as to what would happen if this Bill was passed. It will criminalize an individual for simply clicking on an embedded video that is unauthorized. It will criminalize any person who sings a karaoke cover and posts it online. It will criminalize that 12 year old kid who posts a youtube video on his facebook account. It will criminalize any person who creates a parody of anything (movie, tv show, song), and it will effectively take away what millions, perhaps billions, of people enjoy doing on a daily basis. The charges one would receive for these activites would be up to 5 years in prison and a hefty fine, a felony. We must demand this bill be re-written so it does not criminalize the innocent.

We must stop this Anti-Streaming Bill as it will change the daily lives of millions of people and effectively shut down a major portion of the internet. This is a classic case of Congress being paid by supporters of the bill to pass it under the radar. Please sign this petition if you value your online experience and want to freely post videos you enjoy with your friends, for if this Bill is passed, we will never see that again.

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Whats the big deal?

      Tim Light
      Petition Organizer

      Supporters of this bill have paid the congressmen to pass it. This doesn't have the support of the American Public and they continue on passing it anyways. They need to hear our voices! They need to see how we feel! Sign this and pass it on!

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Show Your Support!

      Tim Light
      Petition Organizer

      Please take the time to tell all your friends about this because there is a very large chance this is going to affect them also! Lets get proactive with this and stop this travesty! Share on facebook! Like it! Tweet it! Email it!!!!

    5. People will lose jobs?

      Tim Light
      Petition Organizer

      Its true. Many people who use youtube to stream video games will lose their jobs. People who make machinima (a form of video game art videos) will lose their jobs. So now not only will people be criminalized, people will actually lose their jobs.

    6. Whats Economic Value?

      Tim Light
      Petition Organizer

      "The total retail value of the performances, or the total economic value of such public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner, would exceed $2,500." Quoted from the bill. So think how fast it will add up just watching videos online

    7. What will affect you?

      Tim Light
      Petition Organizer

      Supporters of the bill say individuals and families will not be affected as it is only aimed at large websites. The truth is, on the bill, those individuals and families are also criminalized. Again the wording on this bill is extremely vague.

    8. What will affect you?

      Tim Light
      Petition Organizer

      In general, this bill will affect almost everyone that goes online. How? In order to embed a video from say youtube, you'll need to obtain a license. They consider "Economic Value" as a monetary value. So you will in effect make money off the video.

    9. Reached 25 signatures
    10. Petition Starting Good

      Tim Light
      Petition Organizer

      We need to get the word out about this! Please show your support and tell everybody!

    11. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Davis FULTON, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      This is a terrible bill to pass. This violates our natural right to be our selves. If you can not Stream videos with copy righted information, Such as Games and Music, Then how are we sopposed to show our creative side? What of thoughs who make Amv's for a living, they use copyrighted information And SITE their origonal Owners in the description. MysteryGuitarMan used copy Righted Music Titals in each of the videos he used and he has over 10,000,000 subscribers, thats a lot of people. For the Creative Minds of the Future, Do Not Pass THis Bill!!!!!

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    • Brandon Rice FLETCHER, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      This will kill the internet, or at least put it in a coma.

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    • Daniel Sanchez GREENSBORO, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      Because they;re taking away our internet, piece by piece.

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    • Charles Newman SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I oppose S978 because it could severely impact fair use.

      However, lets get something straight, and stop all the FUD that will not help our cause. There is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING in S978 that makes VIEWING a video illegal. The law ONLY applies to those who UPLOAD or BROADCAST a video, NOT to those who only VIEW the video. So lets just cut the FUD, ok.

      There are problems with fair use, potentially criminalising karkoake, and stuff like that does need to be dealt with, but there is NOTHING in the bill that makes VIEWING content illegal.

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    • Steven Parker NRH, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      This is a direct violation of my constitutional rights

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