The so-coined “10 strikes bill” – is this the copyright lobbies last ditch defense ? US Congress is in the process of approving a bill that will make viewing copyrighted material (like a Youtube video that someone uploaded – or just the background music of a clip!) more than ten times a felony. A ridiculous proposition, of course. Implying that someone will keep such detailed track of your activities on the web in order to enforce such a rule, sends the shivers down my back.
A key question is if this also goes for embedding say Youtube videos on your pages. Will this make you or your website host guilty of performing (a copyrighted piece of art)? What about the site that merely linked to and/or embedded the video (linking and embedding are technically effectively the same thing) ?
We been down this alley before. I think US legislators are in deep and muddy water here, infringing our privacy which is barely acceptable to protect national security, but hardly to protect commercial interests. Unfortunately whatever they tend to come up with tends to affect the whole world – so there is reason to worry elsewhere as well.