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August 18 2013

Obama Administration Revives SOPA Proposal To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony


We might never see Sophia Grace Brownlee's fantastic Nicki Minaj impression, or this adorable ukulele cover of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," or even a young Justin Beiber performance again if the Department of Commerce gets its way.

The department's Internet Policy Task Force last week proposed making it a felony to stream copyrighted works. According to Techdirt, such a provision, if interpreted broadly, could apply to people who upload covers of themselves performing songs to YouTube without permission. That could be bad news for people like Bieber, who first won fame in part through YouTube videos of his performances of popular R&B covers.

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