After all the action of the California case that attempted to ban the sell of violent video games, which thankfully got overturned, we already have some new political problems to deal with that could affect many gamers. Game Informer clains that this time around it is a bill that will be considered through congress that could potentially make you a felon for posting gameplay videos due to its broad wording.
“10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works” will result in “not more than 5 years” of imprisonment, so long as the performance in question is valued at at-least $2,500 USD, or if the value of a license to legally “perform” the content is valued at $5,000 or more.”
This bill could cover anything copyright related in gaming, including “Let’s Play” videos, music-videos shot in-game, gameplay, commentaries, and many other related things in general. This bill, if passed into law would be a massive problem, seeing as thousands of these types of videos are uploaded daily. Not to mention that gameplay of video games is no doubt free advertisement for game developers. This probably will not get passed through but we will no doubt have to keep a watchful eye as this could greatly affect gamers in the future if passed.
So what do you guys think about this?