Senator Thom Tillis is slated to present a legislative package aimed at strengthening the Digital Millenium Copyright act this Friday. One aspect of this package aims to raise the severity of copyright infringement via stream to a felony charge.
This is a dangerous move, out of touch with the way that the majority of streamers operate. The last few years have seen a massive rise in independent streamers, producing content as amateurs. The DMCA already severely impacts their ability to stream- even accidental infringements risk demonetization and banning of channels. Adding the chance of felony charges will destroy legitimate stream channels, while actual pirates will continue to largely evade justice as they always have. The ability to punish the few that are identified and arrested more severely will not dissuade the others. However, that risk will completely shut down the many thousands of legitimate streamers whose names and faces are public knowledge out of fear of the criminal liability they may face in the aftermath of accidental infringement.
Please, please oppose this change to the Act as it is presented.