I've received a few emails about Bill S.978, a new bill proposed in the USA, which would make it illegal under certain circumstances to share videos of copyrighted materials over the internet

Posted by Kizzycocoa on Jul 2nd, 2011

Firstly, Minecraft just passed 10 million registered users!

Now, I've received a few emails about Bill S.978, a new bill proposed in the USA, which would make it illegal under certain circumstances to share videos of copyrighted materials over the internet. The problem is that it appears to also make it illegal to upload videos of games, such as let's plays and speed runs. And I love watching let's plays and speed runs.

Here's a great video on the subject I found via Reddit: Youtube.com

If the bill passes, I suspect many game companies (including us) will add a special clause to the TOS specifically to allow posting videos of their games. A huge part of why Minecraft has grown so fast is the YouTube community.

(Development blog links #1 #2)

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Battle8111 Jul 3 2011, 1:07am says:

wow, that seems dumd, sorry about that happening.

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Martanz Jul 3 2011, 4:28pm replied:

Isn't it only in the USA? So if I live in Sweden then I can still upload game footage? Becuase the USA can't controll the whole world

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Death8338 Jul 5 2011, 2:33am replied:

if the servers aren't located in the US.

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AssassinAlex18 Jul 5 2011, 9:07am replied:

Well the thing is Youtube is an American site, so unless the change all there servers to Canada, it'll still be taken down.

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Soulshaper2 Jul 6 2011, 4:32pm replied:


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Martanz Jul 7 2011, 1:25pm replied:

Then I will create a website called gameplays.com (Almost like gametrailers xD ) and the servers will be located in Sweden so that everyone can upload let's plays and gameplays. The USA can go screw them self!

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Reeze17 Jul 3 2011, 1:15am says:

Ya...thats absolutly retarded.

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tukerb117 Jul 3 2011, 1:24am buried:


it just got dumped not passed so we are good

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DarkPivot Jul 3 2011, 1:28am replied:


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Baineblade Jul 3 2011, 1:29am replied:

And where the heck did you hear that huh? It was just put out there for the Senate to review, that means it's gonna be there for about a month before any votes are cast.

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TrashCan-Man23 Jul 3 2011, 1:40am says:

US is slowly turning into a dictatorship. Well, time to pack up and move to Canada.

Really though, these corrupt politicians just need to get booted out. But of course, they take it out on the people that voted them in, just so they can make an extra buck.

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UnknownToaster Jul 3 2011, 2:44am replied:

They're ridiculously out of touch with the people.

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DeadSomething Jul 3 2011, 11:10am replied:

slowly turning into one? i considered them a dictatorship for about 10 years now...

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AFellowStalker Jul 3 2011, 1:56pm replied:

I agree that the corrupt politicians are ridiculous and turning the country into something horrible. However, that does not mean they are turning into a dictatorship.

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Acetyl Jul 3 2011, 2:43pm replied:

Thats moronic to call the united states a dictatorship. The united states is driven by corporate interest and lobbyists, greed and corruption. All a politician symbolizes is petty puppetry. The fact is, most of them are idiots to begin with....yet they're the ones running are country =P

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AFellowStalker Jul 9 2011, 8:57pm replied:

You act like that is exclusive to the US.

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tukerb117 Jul 4 2011, 12:09am replied:

more like a capitalism

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Valhyn Jul 3 2011, 1:56am says:


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u-raptor Jul 3 2011, 4:59am replied:

LOL, well anyways, who thought of this law?

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BlackDanaraki Jul 14 2011, 8:49am replied:

from Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons

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AlekZanDer Jul 3 2011, 1:50pm replied:

Heck yeah!
No wait!
Let's make a few Saw movies with the US politicians!

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RandomusIdiotus Jul 3 2011, 2:33am says:

A shame we have such fools in our country, though I suppose it's the same with anyone in power. I hope it fails, though. It sounds truly stupid.

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Der_Cherusker Jul 3 2011, 3:30am says:

Wow, I can Tweet, Share, Digg, reddit and Buzz

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RainieRooth Jul 3 2011, 3:51am says:


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f0u Jul 3 2011, 3:54am says:


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bikkebakke Jul 3 2011, 4:23am says:

Top comment from the video that Kizzycocoa linked:

"This is f*cking blasphemy. Passing this bill would shrink our country's economy as enforcing this law is very inefficient. F*cking up to 5 years of imprisonment? *First Day in Jail* "I'm in here for rape" "I'm in here for attempt murder" "I'm in here for narcotics" "Uh... I'm in here for... uploading a video on Youtube." I've got a better idea! How 'bout, Instead of f*cking spending money on enforcing this damn bill, you use this money to pay off the 13 trillion dollar national debt? Idiots.

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SairenSA Jul 3 2011, 4:26am says:

Oh teh humanity! >_<*

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BananaClip Jul 3 2011, 5:00am says:

Land of the free huh.

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u-raptor Jul 3 2011, 5:03am says:

I bet the senator who had this idea watches lets plays and other stuff on youtube everyday.

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Nick98 Jul 3 2011, 12:51pm replied:

The senator that came up with this probably thinks youtube is for cat videos.

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Juffe Jul 3 2011, 5:36am says:

Yea this is bad. I heard of this yesterday and I was like wtf...Now it's the time act! use your freedom of speech! Act.demandprogress.org

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Bäver33 Jul 3 2011, 6:51am says:

All the information about Bill s.978 that you need Opencongress.org

Now we know what senator to hunt down :D

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u-raptor Jul 3 2011, 7:26am replied:

why do so many associations support it?

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DragonNOR Jul 3 2011, 7:41am says:

From the looks of it the organisations that support it consist film, music and theatrical production/interest groups and none who work primarily with computer games. I gather they're trying to nail music and video piracy, and the game videos have just become collateral damage. I'm sure that if this is brought to the attention to the various game companies, many who thrive on the publicity given by youtube (like Minecraft) there would be additional opposition, but then again you never know for sure.

If this passes it will be a sad day for the internet in general and the wrong way to grapple with piracy.

I'm glad I live in Norway lol.

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u-raptor Jul 3 2011, 8:09am replied:

maybe, but wouldnt it affect the world since some of the games are american (maybe), youtube is american (is it?), and most music on youtube is american?

but maybe it wont, i am confused on the whole effect of it

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DragonNOR Jul 3 2011, 9:28am replied:

Remains to be seen I guess. Most likely if it passes it will at least be enforced in the US, but doesn't necessarily have to affect the rest of the world.
On the other hand a lot of countries (Norway included) have a tendency to be overly positive towards American laws, even the more ridiculous ones, so I wouldn't put it past our government to petition for the same move here if it passes.

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Otter. Jul 3 2011, 10:35am says:

"This is bullsh*t" - Random City 17 citizen on Bill S.978 (and Dr. Breen)

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X-LAyer2 Jul 3 2011, 11:35am says:

I found half the games I play though machinimas, let's plays, etc. It's like free advertising for game companies. I found Minecraft though Seananners let's play of the game. I don't think that most game companies would take this away from gamers and themselves.

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Jeffman12 Jul 3 2011, 12:04pm says:

This sort of out of touch with reality crap tends to get shot down. Don't do nothing about it if there's something you can do, but on the other hand, don't worry about it too much either.

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xXMaNiAcXx Jul 3 2011, 1:59pm says:

Revolution! Let's kill the stupid *** who thinks that is smart and made such stupid bill. All gamers will hate this guy. The whole world will be against this ********.

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minotor1279 Jul 3 2011, 2:52pm says:

I agree that a part of the economic crisis is due to illegal pirating and streamings but lets plays? They are not the freakin' problem!
They need to rethink there strategy and actually get a hold on more important things. Oh i'm sorry please build those billion dollar aircrafts to just get took down in Afganistan and so on, **** the war, **** the goverment, and more importantly, FML...

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xXMaNiAcXx Jul 3 2011, 4:22pm replied:

Well yeah economic crisis is part of illegal pirating and streamings but not game videos. If so, let's close OnLive. They stream things. Let's close everything which streams things or has game videos. *****.

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Zealot671 Jul 3 2011, 4:57pm says:

Great another reason for me to be called an idiot because of my government -_-

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Mr.Nuke Jul 3 2011, 10:15pm says:

they must be bored and trying to make revenue

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roro66 Jul 4 2011, 5:57am says:

but if it is an american bill, people from other countries can still upload lets plays

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Aquilia Jul 7 2011, 8:16am replied:

As long as the website's servers aren't in the US... But most are...

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hagamablabla Jul 4 2011, 10:18am says:

Jeez... if they want me to buy their games instead of just watching a LP, they should make games worth playing. Same for music and movies.

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heyitsme259 Jul 4 2011, 10:22pm says:

Glad I don't live in the us right now although Australia has some stupid rules to that make me angry too

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Slevo Jul 5 2011, 7:58am says:

like Australia's carbon tax. It will destroy our manufacturing completely but as long as Jullia Gillard gets more money from our millions and millions of different tax's its all good

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chulaksaviour Jul 7 2011, 11:43pm says:

Just another move to try tax the internet

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