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Five year prison sentence awaits violators who stream copyrighted performances if...

A bill introduced last month by Sen. Amy Klobuchar could make it a felony criminal act to stream copyrighted “performances” online without permission. The bill — “To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes,” or S. 978 — assigns a maximum 5-year prison term for those convicted of streaming “10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works” and in cases where the “total retail value” of those performances to its owner exceeds $2,500 or the value of licensing of the works exceeds $5,000.

Copyright reform warrior Lessig beams down to Denver for ‘wireside chat’

DENVER-- Copyright reform advocates gathered at Denver Open Media Thursday night to participate in a global "wireside chat" lead in live streaming video by Harvard law professor and longtime copyright critic Lawrence Lessig. People tweeted cyberspace questions and comments from simultaneous meatspace gatherings held in all corners of the world. A panel of experts from the University of Denver and the local art world elaborated on their views after Lessig signed off and vanished from the projected web.