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U.S. COPYRIGHT CHIEF WANTS TO CHANGE LAW ON STREAMING

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Maria Pallante

As the new Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante has urged a Congressional committee to raise the penalty for unauthorized Internet streaming from a misdemeanor to a felony. As the website arstechnica.com observed on Thursday streaming is not considered “reproduction” under the law but unauthorized “public performance” and is therefore held to a lesser legal standard. “As a matter of policy, the public performance right should enjoy the same measure of protection from criminals as the reproduction and distribution rights,” Pallante told the House Judiciary Committee. “Prosecutors should have the option of seeking felony penalties for such activity, when appropriate.” But arstechnica.com noted that raising the penalty for streaming is likely to have “limited effects,” since most of the sites streaming bootlegged movies are based overseas.