S. 978 - A Bill to Amend the Criminal Penalty Provision for Criminal Infringement of a Copyright, and for Other Purposes.

Crime and law enforcement. 112th Congress (2011-2012) View bill details
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A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
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A Bill to Amend the Criminal Penalty Provision for Criminal Infringement of a Copyright, and for Other Purposes.

S. 978 — 112th Congress (2011–2012)

Summary
A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.
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    Sponsor
    Amy Klobuchar
    Co-Sponsors
    Subjects
    • Crime and law enforcement
    • Intellectual property
    • Internet and video services
    • Music
    • Sound recording
    • Television and film
    Related Bills
      Major Actions
      Introduced5/12/2011
      Referred to Committee
      Bill History

      There have been no votes on this bill.

      ActionDateDescription
      Introduced5/12/2011
      5/12/2011Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
      Put on a legislative calendar6/16/2011Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
      6/20/2011Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy without amendment. Without written report.
      Put on a legislative calendar6/20/2011Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 77.
      6/22/2011Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
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      48 Organizations Supported and 3 Opposed; See Which Ones

      Organizations that took a position on
      A Bill to Amend the Criminal Penalty Provision for Criminal Infringement of a Copyright, and for Other Purposes.

      48 organizations supported this bill

      American Federation of Musicians
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
      undersigned organizations (2011, May 17). AFTRA DGA IATSE and SAG Support S.978. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Artists Under the Dome.
      American Intellectual Property Law Association
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      American Photographic Artists
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Association of American Publishers
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Association of Independent Music Publishers
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      AT&T
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      BMI
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      BSA - The Software Alliance
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      CBS Corporation
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Church Music Publishers Association
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Directors Guild of America
      undersigned organizations (2011, May 17). AFTRA DGA IATSE and SAG Support S.978. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Artists Under the Dome.
      Disney
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Entertainment Merchants Association
      EMA (2011, June 15). ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ENDORSES ENHANCED PENALTY FOR INFRINGEMENT BY STREAMING. Retrieved June 24, 2011, from Entertainment Merchants Association.
      Entertainment Software Association
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Global Intellectual Property Center
      GIPC (2011, June 16). Chamber Applauds Senate Action To Move Forward with Illegal Web Streaming Bill. Retrieved June 24, 2011, from Global Intellectual Property Center.
      Graphic Artists Guild
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Independent Film & Television Alliance
      IFTA (2011, May 12). IFTA & Creative Industry Coalition Lauds Bill to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies and TV a Felony. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Independent Film & Television Alliance.
      International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
      undersigned organizations (2011, May 17). AFTRA DGA IATSE and SAG Support S.978. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Artists Under the Dome.
      International Brotherhood of Teamsters
      undersigned organizations (2011, May 26). Joint Statement from AFM, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, IBT and SAG Commending Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of the PROTECT IP Act. Retrieved June 24, 2011, from IATSE.
      Magazine Publishers of America
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Motion Picture Association of America
      Anderson, Nate (2011, May 16). New bill upgrades unauthorized Internet streaming to a felony. Ars Technica. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/05/new-bill-upgrades-unauthorized-internet-streaming-to-a-felony.ars.
      National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      National Association of Broadcasters
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      National Association of Theatre Owners
      IFTA (2011, May 12). IFTA & Creative Industry Coalition Lauds Bill to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies and TV a Felony. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Independent Film & Television Alliance.
      National Basketball Association
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      National Collegiate Athletic Association
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      National Music Publishers' Association
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      NBCUniversal
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      News Corporation
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Newspaper Association of America
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Picture Archive Council Of America
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Ppl & Vpl
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Professional Photographers Of America
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Professional School Photographers Association
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Recording Industry Association of America
      RIAA (2011, May 13). Senate Bill Calls For Tougher Penalties for Unlawful Streaming of Content. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from RIAA News Room.
      Reed Elsevier
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Screen Actors Guild
      undersigned organizations (2011, May 17). AFTRA DGA IATSE and SAG Support S.978. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Artists Under the Dome.
      SESAC
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Software & Information Industry Association
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Sony Pictures Entertainment
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Time Warner
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      MPAA (n.d.). S. 978: The Commercial Felony Streaming Act. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Motion Picture Association of America.
      Ultimate Fighting Championship
      MPAA (n.d.). S. 978: The Commercial Felony Streaming Act. Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Motion Picture Association of America.
      Universal Music Group
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Viacom
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.
      Writers Guild of America, West
      Copyright Alliance (2011, May 12). STATEMENT FROM: Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars RE: Introduction of Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Streaming . Retrieved May 19, 2011, from Copyright Alliance.

      3 organizations opposed this bill

      Demand Progress
      Demand Progress (2011). URGENT: Congress Wants To Make Streaming A Felony. Retrieved June 17, 2011, from Demand Progress.
      Electronic Frontier Foundation
      Engleman, Eric (2011, June 16). Illegal Video Streaming Elevated to Felony Under Senate Bill. Bloomberg News. Retrieved June 24, 2011, from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-16/illegal-video-streaming-elevated-to-felony-under-senate-measure.html.
      U.s.w.g.o.
      Hill, Brian D. (2011, June 6). Whitehouse to want Streaming Media of any copyrighted materials to be a felony. Retrieved June 17, 2011, from USWGO.

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      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, 2007 – December 31, 2006.
      Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

      Contributions by Legislator

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      That Supported
      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Daniel K. AkakaDHI$0$0
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$0$0
      Kelly AyotteRNH$0$0
      John BarrassoRWY$0$0
      Max BaucusDMT$0$0
      Mark BegichDAK$0$0
      Michael BennetDCO$0$0
      Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$0
      Richard BlumenthalDCT$0$0
      Roy BluntRMO$0$0
      John BoozmanRAR$0$0
      Barbara BoxerDCA$0$0
      Scott BrownRMA$0$0
      Sherrod BrownDOH$0$0
      Richard BurrRNC$0$0
      Maria CantwellDWA$0$0
      Ben CardinDMD$0$0
      Tom CarperDDE$0$0
      Bob CaseyDPA$0$0
      Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$0$0
      Daniel CoatsRIN$0$0
      Tom CoburnROK$0$0
      William Thad CochranRMS$0$0
      Susan CollinsRME$0$0
      Gaylord Kent ConradDND$0$0
      Chris CoonsDDE$0$0
      Bob CorkerRTN$0$0
      John CornynRTX$0$0
      Mike CrapoRID$0$0
      Jim DeMintRSC$0$0
      Dick DurbinDIL$0$0
      Mike EnziRWY$0$0
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$0$0
      Alan FrankenDMN$0$0
      Kirsten GillibrandDNY$0$0
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$0$0
      Chuck GrassleyRIA$0$0
      Kay HaganDNC$0$0
      Tom HarkinDIA$0$0
      Orrin HatchRUT$0$0
      Dean HellerRNV$0$0
      John HoevenRND$0$0
      Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$0$0
      Jim InhofeROK$0$0
      Dan InouyeDHI$0$0
      Johnny IsaksonRGA$0$0
      Mike JohannsRNE$0$0
      Ron JohnsonRWI$0$0
      Tim JohnsonDSD$0$0
      John KerryDMA$0$0
      Mark KirkRIL$0$0
      Amy KlobucharDMN$0$0
      Herb KohlDWI$0$0
      Jon KylRAZ$0$0
      Mary LandrieuDLA$0$0
      Frank LautenbergDNJ$0$0
      Patrick LeahyDVT$0$0
      Mike LeeRUT$0$0
      Carl LevinDMI$0$0
      Joe LiebermanICT$0$0
      Dick LugarRIN$0$0
      Joe ManchinDWV$0$0
      John McCainRAZ$0$0
      Claire McCaskillDMO$0$0
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$0$0
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$0$0
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$0
      Barbara MikulskiDMD$0$0
      Jerry MoranRKS$0$0
      Lisa MurkowskiRAK$0$0
      Patty MurrayDWA$0$0
      Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$0$0
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$0
      Rand PaulRKY$0$0
      Rob PortmanROH$0$0
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      John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$0
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      David VitterRLA$0$0
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      Jim WebbDVA$0$0
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$0
      Roger WickerRMS$0$0
      Ron WydenDOR$0$0

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      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$0$0
      Kelly AyotteRNH$0$0
      John BarrassoRWY$0$0
      Max BaucusDMT$0$0
      Mark BegichDAK$0$0
      Michael BennetDCO$0$0
      Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$0
      Richard BlumenthalDCT$0$0
      Roy BluntRMO$0$0
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      Sherrod BrownDOH$0$0
      Richard BurrRNC$0$0
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      Bob CaseyDPA$0$0
      Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$0$0
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      William Thad CochranRMS$0$0
      Susan CollinsRME$0$0
      Gaylord Kent ConradDND$0$0
      Chris CoonsDDE$0$0
      Bob CorkerRTN$0$0
      John CornynRTX$0$0
      Mike CrapoRID$0$0
      Jim DeMintRSC$0$0
      Dick DurbinDIL$0$0
      Mike EnziRWY$0$0
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$0$0
      Alan FrankenDMN$0$0
      Kirsten GillibrandDNY$0$0
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$0$0
      Chuck GrassleyRIA$0$0
      Kay HaganDNC$0$0
      Tom HarkinDIA$0$0
      Orrin HatchRUT$0$0
      Dean HellerRNV$0$0
      John HoevenRND$0$0
      Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$0$0
      Jim InhofeROK$0$0
      Dan InouyeDHI$0$0
      Johnny IsaksonRGA$0$0
      Mike JohannsRNE$0$0
      Ron JohnsonRWI$0$0
      Tim JohnsonDSD$0$0
      John KerryDMA$0$0
      Mark KirkRIL$0$0
      Amy KlobucharDMN$0$0
      Herb KohlDWI$0$0
      Jon KylRAZ$0$0
      Mary LandrieuDLA$0$0
      Frank LautenbergDNJ$0$0
      Patrick LeahyDVT$0$0
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      Carl LevinDMI$0$0
      Joe LiebermanICT$0$0
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      Lisa MurkowskiRAK$0$0
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      Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$0$0
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      Jim WebbDVA$0$0
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      Interest Groups that supported this bill

      $ Donated
      Teamsters union$0
      General business associations$0
      Printing and publishing (printed & online)$0
      TV production & distribution$0
      Computer software$0
      Telecommunications$0
      Book, newspaper & periodical publishing$0
      Entertainment unions$0
      Motion Picture production & distribution$0
      Recorded Music & music production$0
      Movie Theaters$0
      Commercial TV & radio stations$0
      Entertainment Industry/Broadcast & Motion Pictures$0
      Attorneys & law firms$0
      Professional sports, arenas & related equip & svcs$0
      Chambers of commerce$0

      Interest Groups that opposed this bill

      $ Donated
      Consumer groups$0
      Militias & Anti-Government Groups$0
      Democratic/Liberal$0
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