COVID-19 stimulus bill would make streaming movies and TV shows illegal

COVID-19 stimulus bill would make streaming movies and TV shows illegal

[Ed. – Nice to know Congress has its priorities straight.]

Congress looks to provide relief to U.S. citizens and small businesses, but the omnibus bill includes some legislative priorities for the entertainment industry as well.

Providing relief via direct assistance and loans to struggling individuals and businesses hit hard by COVID-19 has been a priority for federal lawmakers this past month. But a gigantic spending bill has also become the opportunity to smuggle in some other line items. …

Perhaps most surprising, according to the text of the bill being circulated, illegal streaming for commercial profit could become a felony.

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It’s been less than two weeks since Sen. Thom Tillis released his proposal to increase the penalties for those who would dare stream unlicensed works. … About a decade ago, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) made a similar proposal before it ended up dying as people worried about sending Justin Bieber to jail. (No, seriously.)

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