[Video] Should Congress Close the “Streaming Loophole”?

Copyright infringement laws dictate serious penalties for digital works that have been reproduced and downloaded. However, streaming has become the new method of choice for illegal piracy. “Display and public performances” laws – which cover streaming – only carry trivial penalties. This is called the “streaming loophole.” Copyright advocates say that new laws must be passed to close the loophole, while internet freedom advocates insist that new laws could harm consumers.

Kevin Madigan is VP, Legal Policy and Copyright Counsel at the Copyright Alliance.

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Differing Views:

“Closing the Streaming Loophole”

“Is streaming video from sketchy websites illegal?”

“U.S. Lawmakers Push To Criminalize Streaming”

Kevin Madigan

Vice President, Legal Policy and Copyright Counsel

Copyright Alliance


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