Hal Halpin Guest Stars on Pro Gaming Insider Podcast

August 3, 2011 -

Hal Halpin, President of the Entertainment Consumer Association (ECA) will be a guest on the Pro Gaming Insider podcast to discuss the ramifications of the U.S. Senate's anti-streaming bill (also known as Bill S.978). Bill S.978 is a bill to "amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes." Gamers, YouTube users and Netflix subscribers will want to pay particular attention to this bill because it changes the law to make it a felony to stream content a certain number of times to other parties.

For instance, a video that shows gameplay from a game and is watched by thousands of people could land you in legal trouble under the proposed changes to the law. This is mostly due to the fact that the wording of this new bill is so murky, convoluted, and vague.

Hal Halpin joins the Pro Gaming Insider podcast to discuss the potential pitfalls that consumers could face if this bill is passed. You can learn more about the podcast here. The live podcast will air Thursday, August 11th at 9:00pm EST.

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Re: Hal Halpin Guest Stars on Pro Gaming Insider Podcast

On one hand something needs to be done with illicit profiting made from distribution, the first thing that needs to be done is allowing distribution when there is no money being generated from it for anyone, next if you have the system setup to send revenue from page views,ect to the IP owner clips and other non whole(or dose not adds up to a whole from a single user) copy right items can not be taken down.

Lets do something to protect both sides not just IP owners who could care less about the publics general rights and freedoms.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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