The Land Of The Monitored And The Home Of The Imprisoned: US Senators Propose 5-Year Prison Sentence For Lip-Synching On YouTube
Proposed Bill That Jails Copyright Infringers Is Too Tough, Say Critics
By Pete Griffin
June 09, 2011
Record labels are clamoring for a chance to have their artist lip-synch alongside 16-year-old YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill in, of all places, his bedroom.
But a proposed amendment to the federal copyright infringement law will put the brakes those who are thinking about launching their YouTube careers, and hedging that they won’t have to first license songs and other material.
Senate Bill 978, a bipartisan measure introduced last month by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.), is backed by supporters who say it closes glaring loopholes in current copyright infringement law created by the realities of the digital age.
The bill would criminalize individuals — slapping them with up to five years in prison — for “publicly performing” copyrighted material without the permission of its owners.