Rep. Sen Tom Tillis wants Twitch streamers in prison for streaming copyrighted Music

The music industry paid this guy to sneak a law into a federal funding bill to put streamers in jail for playing copyrighted content on live streams.


Last month, Ragefor covered a recent blitz of copyright strikes and channel bans for popular video game streamers on popular video game live streaming website Twitch.tv, for the unforgivable transgression of having popular music playing in the same room as they play videogames. (I know, it's shocking.) These degenerate heathens then took to social media to express their outrage that they were punished unexpectedly for unforgivable acts such as streaming a popular videogame, while a song that plays on the radio played in the background. 

However, just as the controversy surrounding major music corporations using lawyers to bully small content creators for the morally reprehensible act of acknowledging the existence of their music, a Republican senator would like to send streamers to prison for it.

Just as it comes time for the United States Congress to approve a must-pass funding bill in order to prevent a government shutdown this month, Rep. Tom Tillis decided to cram the emergency funding bill with legislation that specifically targeted live streaming entertainers with jailtime for streaming any form of copyrighted content, including music, podcasts, and even video, by drastically altering the definition of the supposed 'crime'; elevating livestreaming copyrighted content from being a misdemeanor to a felony.

The language of the bill has not been made publicly available, largely due to lobbyists blocking any attempts by media outlets to view the provisions in the bill, but it is expected to read similarly to other bills of past hateful pieces of legislation like the stop online piracy act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property act (PIPA.); bills that attempted to criminalize transformative use of copyrighted material; something currently protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The destructive and dangerously irresponsible legislation being snuck into a must-pass federal funding bill comes as no surprise to lawmakers and civil rights groups. Corporate lobbyists often use emergency funding bills meant to keep the federal government open to sneak in unpopular and clearly unconstitutional legislation into law; Legislation that would otherwise be shot down by congress or the United States senate before it ever has the chance to exist within the same room for more than five seconds. Just this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) penned a written warning to members of congress, warning them to dismiss any funding bill containing the CASE act: another dubious copyright power grab that has attempted to masquerade as an emergency funding bill through congress several times over the course of three months.

Republican senator Tom Tillis from North Carolina is no stranger to controversy. Not long after being embroiled in a scandal involving supporting forcibly building a casino on a privately owned native American reservation without the tribe's permission, he managed to win re-election to the US senate against his opponent by a mere 2%. Just as it seemed like he was going to lose his seat in the election, he was flooded by a myriad of corporate super-donors representing multiple lobbying branches of the film and music entertainment industries.


In an article by The American Prospect, journalist Donald Shaw provides a comprehensive list of all the corporate lobbying money he received to ensure his eventual re-election.

PACTOTAL
COMCAST CORPORATION & NBCUNIVERSAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTE$20,000
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC. PAC (CHARTERPAC)$16,500
NCTA - THE INTERNET AND TELEVISION ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (NCTA PAC)$15,000
AT&T INC. FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (AT&T FEDERAL P$14,000
MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE$7,500
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS POLITICAL ACTION COMMIT$7,500
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. PAC$6,000
FOX CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (FOX PAC)$5,000
NEXSTAR BROADCASTING GROUP INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE$5,000
SALEM MEDIA GROUP POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (SALEM MEDIA GROUP INC.)$5,000
NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS' ASSOCIATION INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (NMPAC)$4,500
THE RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE$3,500
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP EMPLOYEE ACTION FUND$3,500
VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE$3,500
COX ENTERPRISES PAC (COXPAC) INC.$2,500
THE ASCAP LEGISLATIVE FUND FOR THE ARTS$2,500
THE WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS EMPLOYEES PAC$2,500
WARNER MUSIC INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE$2,000
IHEARTMEDIA, INC. - CLEAR CHANNEL OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP PAC$1,000
MUSIC SPEAKS: THE SOUNDEXCHANGE INC. LEGISLATIVE FUND$1,000
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (A.K.A. GRAMMY FUND F$1,000


 After reading that, it should surprise no one that Tom Tillis is the corporate mainstream entertainment industries' bitch, considering how much of his livelihood is paid for by cable companies and major music and TV studios.


It's important to know that this provision of the bill hasn't hit the floor of congress yet. Despite repeated attempts by lobbyists, there has been no successful attempt to turn federal funding bills into attempts to throw people in jail for a song playing in the background of a live stream yet, but don't put it past this sorry excuse for a human being.

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