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« The Anti-Streaming Legal Debacle »

There's been a lot of concern over the anti-streaming law currently being mulled over by the United States Senate. Laywer and gamer UltraDavid has a must-read analysis over at Shoryuken that mentions "if you engage in 'public performances by electronic means' [streaming, for example] 10 or more times over a 180 day period... you can potentially get fined and put in jail for five years." By this logic, Spooky would be America's Most Wanted. Is the situation actually so dire?

Perhaps not. The basic idea is to protect movie studios from having pirated films broadcast online without permission. The intent of the law is to protect copyright holders, and those copyright holders would, most likely, have to initiate legal action. Games being streamed or matches posted to YouTube could violate the law, but it is unlikely that the government would prosecute without first determining if the copyright holder approves of the rebroadcast. That's the belief of Capcom's Christian Svensson, who stated on the Ask Capcom boards that Capcom intends to support YouTube uploaders and streamers "whose efforts and intentions have historically been helpful."

So the law, if passed, does have the potential to criminalize streaming and YouTube uploading. Whether or not people are actually prosecuted for such actions is another story; however, just the threat of jail time could create a chilling effect on streaming. While we should all hope that the bill gets rejected, only time will tell whether streaming will be crushed under its heel or if we'll continue with business as usual.

You can fight the power by going to Demand Progress — thanks to SRK for the link — to voice your disapproval to Congress.

Reader Comments (10)

When streaming is outlaws then only outlaws will stream!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMister8

Captain Victor Von Sp00ky wanted, how much money is his Head worted ??

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRik0

Mr. Victor ''Sp00ky'' Font, King of streamonster land, wanted for being too godlike at what he does best : streaming. His head is worth 10 000 ANIMERR points.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKazuhiro

We better get a English rap animerr Opening theme to go with that poster and description written by kazu I want the same guys that did that horrible beyblade opening that came on Fox family 10 years ago.Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad but strangely hype.Or the one piece English opening equally bad but strangely hype.I want a bad English op damn it!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrolls Reverse

How many Bison Dollars is Sp00ky worth?

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpoliswagg

@Poliswagg: 5 million bison dollars!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

@Trolls Reverse My god man. Out of morbid curiosity I listened to both of those English OPs. My night is ruined. How in the hell...

June 30, 2011 | Registered Commenter00000000

Is spooky'sname really victor font?

That's fucking badass man, why would you have a nickname when you've got a real name that kicks as much ass as victor font, would go everywhere with a suit and a monocle and a top hat and get paid get bitches if my name was victor font.

June 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterTobias M

@ Tobias M
no his name is Victor Fontanez. the whole Font thing comes from CEO live stream when James Chen sentence got cut off and repeated many times live. all you heard was "To Mr. Victor Font-To Mr.Victor Font-To Mr.Victor Font-" for a while

July 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterMonkeyCha0s

Why would they even make it sound like this is a problem?? Why wouldn't they just be clear and say you can't stream copyrighted material without consent or whatever...or...isn't there already laws to protect rebroadcast of copyrighted material? This seems ridiculous...

July 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterMEH
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