Thursday, October 27, 2011

Should the RIAA send Justin Bieber to prison?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Back in July we wrote about YouTube shutting down Lady Gaga's official channel due to "multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s Copyright Policy." At the time, the artist had merely posted video of herself performing her own material. The problem was that the broadcast rights were own by the television network that aired it.

Flash forward to this week, as we find Justin Bieber in the media spotlight, thanks to concerned fans' worry that recently proposed legislation would put the Canadian superstar at risk of a five-year prison sentence for uploading videos of himself performing other artists' R&B songs.

While some of you may now be thinking about the possible upside of five years without new Justin Bieber recordings, may I remind you that posting your own drunken karaoke versions of songs "Pour a Little Sugar on Me" or "I Will Survive" could result in you sharing a cell with the little guy?

Or not. At the moment, lawyers and pundits are still trying to figure out exactly who would be prohibited from doing exactly what, should some version of Senate Bill 978 pass. But with both the RIAA and the motion-picture industry behind it, you know it can't be good.

Here's a link to the bill itself.

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