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Embed a Video, Go To Jail? 314

An anonymous reader writes "A few weeks ago, Slashdot had a post about the new bill in Congress to make streaming infringing videos a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in jail if just 10 people watch the video. As more details come out, the bill keeps looking worse and worse, as it appears that the definitions used in the bill would mean that merely embedding or linking to an infringing YouTube video could put you on the hook for jail time. Obviously, supporters of the bill insist that's not who will be targeted with this bill, but just the fact that they could be should be worrisome enough. We've seen other laws 'misused' in the past."
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Embed a Video, Go To Jail?

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  • by Culture20 ( 968837 ) on Thursday June 02, 2011 @10:36AM (#36320150) []

    (CBS/AP) SCRANTON, Pa. - Former juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella was convicted in an alleged "kids for cash" scheme that accused him and another judge of sending youth offenders to for-profit detention centers in exchange for millions of dollars in illicit payments from the builder and owner of the lockups. ...

    I see your Stargate: Atlantis and raise you real life.

  • Re:Good - arrest me (Score:4, Informative)

    by delinear ( 991444 ) on Thursday June 02, 2011 @11:47AM (#36321144)
    The problem is the people who own the media are the same ones buying these ridiculous laws. How much airtime are they going to give you to argue against something they've spent a lot of time and money lobbying for? At best some liberal media might pick this up and then get shouted down as commies. Even if you could get your point across, the second it became clear you knew what you were talking about, they'd drop the charges and claim that as proof the system works - there are plenty of people who don't understand the issues that they can go after instead.
  • Re:Good - arrest me (Score:4, Informative)

    by Sique ( 173459 ) on Thursday June 02, 2011 @12:06PM (#36321352) Homepage

    Mercy can only be given after the guilt was established. You can't pre-pardon people who aren't even considered guilty yet. Selectively accusing and prosecuting people is incompatible with the rule of law.

All laws are simulations of reality. -- John C. Lilly