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    Senators Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos

    Okay, this is just getting ridiculous. A few weeks back, we noted that Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons had proposed a new bill that was designed to make "streaming" infringing material a felony. At the time, the actual text of the bill wasn't available, but we assumed, naturally, that it would just extend "public performance" rights to section 506a of the Copyright Act.

    Supporters of this bill claim that all it's really doing is harmonizing US copyright law's civil and criminal sections. After all, the rights afforded under copyright law in civil cases cover a list of rights: reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works or perform the work. The rules for criminal infringement only cover reproducing and distributing -- but not performing. So, supporters claim, all this does is "harmonize" copyright law and bring the criminal side into line with the civil side by adding "performance rights" to the list of things.
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    Do you think that Google will remove the embeded video function? How can they charge criminal infrigement in exotic countries?
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    It seems like another thing to keep the non-producer (service sector) lawyers busy and hemorrhage more money from society.

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    From a legal perspective, probably half or more of the music videos on You Tube are 'infringing material' because the video producers do not have the rights to use the music.

    Perhaps it comes down to whether or not the copyright owner wishes to complain. If they file a complaint with You Tube and You Tube removes the videos, that solves the problem, including the issue with embedded videos.

    It appears to me that the responsibility lies with the source of the video, which in this case would be You Tube and the video producer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    It appears to me that the responsibility lies with the source of the video, which in this case would be You Tube and the video producer.
    You just hit the nail on the head.

    Why going after sites that offer embeded videos , when you can turn off the videos from the source on Google if there is infrigment. This is evil because how do you know if the embeded videos are infrigments?

    No wonder why the businesses don't hire employees if they need to spend most of their money in law suits.
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    Dumb overpaid busybodies with nothing better to do but intrude other people's affairs.

    The embed function will stay. Google probably wouldn't be where they are if they were so easily intimidated by idiocy such as this.

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