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US Senate Wants Jail Time For Lip Synchers
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 15:01:36 UTC

Techdirt recently wrote about the bill introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons to extend criminal copyright law to include "public performances" as being potentially criminal. As explained at the time, current copyright law is split into civil and criminal parts, with most violations being civil in nature. But this new bill would extend the criminal provisions to include "public performances." Supporters claim that the lack of a "public performances" provision in criminal copyright law was a "loophole" or an oversight. But that's incorrect. There are good reasons why public performances aren't covered by criminal copyright law, in that it rarely makes sense to consider them criminal issues. Complete Article







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