Lighter Penalties for Illegal Streaming Reduces Artists’ Revenue and Hurts Consumers

A loophole in federal law treats some forms of online copyright infringement far more leniently than others, hurting both producers and consumers of music, movies, TV shows, and other creative content. Under current law, downloading copyright-infringing digital material is a federal felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while […]

Closing the Streaming Loophole Would Benefit Consumers

Illegally downloading copyrighted material is a federal felony but streaming the exact same content over the internet is only a misdemeanor and carries much lighter penalties. Despite the fact that broad access to faster, cheaper internet connections has spurred tremendous growth in the streaming of copyright-infringing content, which now accounts for the majority of piracy […]

Sony, North Korea, the US, and the Mistake of Hackers

Consumers were alerted to the cyber-attack on Sony evidently conducted by North Korea (NK) in return for a stoner movie called The Interview.  As it stands, the US seems to be doing little and Sony has round-filed the offending movie.  Sony executives had let their sharp tongues overrun their good judgment in emails that criticized […]