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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

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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

wow, that seems dumd, sorry about that happening.

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Martanz
Martanz

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
Death8338

if the servers aren't located in the US.

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AssassinAlex18
AssassinAlex18

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
Soulshaper2

TO CANADA!

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Martanz
Martanz

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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ReezeTheVampire
ReezeTheVampire

Ya...thats absolutly retarded.

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Deenn
Deenn

(buried)

it just got dumped not passed so we are good

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DarkPivot
DarkPivot

Source?

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Baineblade
Baineblade

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
TrashCan-Man23

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
UnknownToaster

They're ridiculously out of touch with the people.

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Pvt_Pirate
Pvt_Pirate

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

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker

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
Acetyl

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
AFellowStalker

You act like that is exclusive to the US.

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Deenn
Deenn

more like a capitalism

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Valhyn
Valhyn

Time To Grab the 12 Gauge, ITS POLITICIAN HUNTING TIME!

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u-raptor
u-raptor

LOL, well anyways, who thought of this law?

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BlackDanaraki
BlackDanaraki

from Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons

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AlekZanDer
AlekZanDer

Heck yeah!
More like: ITS POLITICIAN SLAUGHTERING TIME! With a chainsaw.
No wait!
Let's make a few Saw movies with the US politicians!

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RandomusIdiotus
RandomusIdiotus

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
Der_Cherusker

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

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RainieRooth
RainieRooth

*faint*

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f0u
f0u

dumb

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bikkebakke
bikkebakke

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.
DarkMnMChocolate"

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SairenSA
SairenSA

Oh teh humanity! >_<*

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BananaClip
BananaClip

Land of the free huh.

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u-raptor
u-raptor

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

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Nick98
Nick98

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

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Juffe
Juffe

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
Bäver33

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
u-raptor

why do so many associations support it?

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DragonNOR
DragonNOR

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
u-raptor

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
DragonNOR

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.
Otter.

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

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X-LAyer2
X-LAyer2

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
Jeffman12

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
xXMaNiAcXx

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
minotor1279

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
xXMaNiAcXx

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
Zealot671

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

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Mr.Nuke
Mr.Nuke

they must be bored and trying to make revenue

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roro66
roro66

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

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Aquilia
Aquilia

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

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hagamablabla
hagamablabla

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
heyitsme259

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
Slevo

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
chulaksaviour

Just another move to try tax the internet

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