S978: The “10 Strikes” Bill

New legislation makes 10 “electronic” public performances of copyrighted material a felony – punishable by up to five years in prison.  Not only does this create a climate of fear – with the threat of copyright infringement stifling free speech, it shifts the burden of prosecution (and its attendant costs) to the taxpayer.  This also begs the question, should fair use be strictly defined (as recent legislation is pushing) or should fair use remain open to interpretation and flexible?  Read more on Kevin Smith’s blog:

http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2011/07/12/unintentional-felons

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