Posting Copyrighted Music to YouTube Might Soon Earn You Jail Time

You might want to think twice before posting that video of your cat “dancing” to a Lady Gaga song. Not just because nobody wants to see it, but because it might earn you a few years in the Federal pen.

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended a bill for the Senate that would make it a felony to “make a public performance by electronic means” of a copyrighted work, i.e. illegal streaming of copyrighted material. This offense would carry the same penalty of illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted works: up to five years in prison, a fine, or both.

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