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NBA and UFC Urge U.S. Lawmakers to Criminalize Streaming Piracy

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue May 07, 2019 6:42 pm

Story : https://torrentfreak.com/nba-and-ufc-urge-u-s-lawmakers-to-criminalize-streaming





Under U.S. law, streaming and downloading piracy are seen as two different offenses. Not just from a technical point of view, but also in the way they are punished.

Unauthorized streaming is categorized as a public performance instead of distribution, which is punishable as a misdemeanor, not a felony.

Lawmakers tried to change this with the Commercial Felony Streaming Act in 2011, and later with the SOPA and PIPA bills. These bills were met with public outrage and didn’t pass.

As a result, the gap between streaming and traditional file-sharing still remains today. However, calls to change this continue to resurface, especially now that streaming piracy is much more prevalent than file-sharing and downloading.







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