US Bill S.978 creates controversy, could put Justin Bieber in jail?

By on Oct 27, 2011 in Entertainment, Internet, Technology, United States, World Comments

The Bill S.978, or the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, is now creating some controversy, and website FreeBieber.org is saying that the bill, if passed, could put Justin Bieber in jail after uploading videos of himself at YouTube.



“Justin Bieber in jail”
Image Credit: FreeBieber.org

As noted at US news sites on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, the Bill S.978 is currently being strongly opposed by some groups like FreeBieber.org and inviting the public to sign for the petition.

“A new bill in Congress makes posting a video containing any copyrighted work a felony– with up to 5 years in prison.” A statement reads on the website’s homepage, and posted a photo of Justin Bieber in jail.

“But wait… didn’t Justin Bieber get famous by posting YouTube videos of himself singing copyrighted R&B songs? Yep. If this bill passes, he could get 5 years in jail.” FreeBieber.org added.

Apparently, another anti-S.978 bill group at DemandProgress.org, which has currently more than 500,000 signatures, is claiming that “it is being driven by a few major corporations who are trying to protect their private profits.”

The controversial bill, which was proposed by three US senators; Amy Jean Klobuchar, Chris Coons, and John Cornyn last May, is currently being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Once approved, the S.978 Act would make unauthorized Web streaming of copyrighted content a felony, such as in YouTube, websites, and blogs, is punishable by up to five years in jail.

The said bill is being supported by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Motion Picture Association of America, and Recording Industry Association of America, among others.

Nevertheless, copyright experts and bill authors reportedly said that S.978 is being misinterpreted by others and it could unlikely put Justin Bieber in jail, as well as others who uploaded videos at YouTube.



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