California bill aims at felony streaming of copyrighted content

Posted: June 20, 2011 in Distrust of Godzilla Govt., People Traps
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Supporters of bill S.978 to make streaming a felony have given U.S. Senators more than $85 million

BERKELEY, CA–June 20, 2011 – On Thursday, June 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S.978, sponsored by  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D, MN), which would make it a felony to stream copyrighted material online. According to a MapLight analysis, the bill is supported by a broad coalition of industry heavy-hitters, including organizations such as the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, AT&T, NBC Universal, CBS Corporation, Time Warner, The Walt Disney Company, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Together, interest groups supporting the bill have given more than $85 million in campaign contributions to current Senators over the last six years.

To conduct a search for campaign contributions to Senators in office from the individual organizations listed above click  here. Or, contact MapLight, our research team would be happy to assist.

Methodology: Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 112th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2010. Campaign contribution data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics,


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