S.978 – A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for ‘other purposes’.


Makes unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty of up to 5 years in prison.

Illegal streaming of copyrighted content is defined in the bill as an offense that “consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means,

during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works” and has a total economic value, either to the copyright holder or the infringer, of at least $2,500.

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s978/show

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