What this means for sites like YouTube is anyone's guess.
There has been a lot of focus on illegal downloads in the last few years, but streaming really hasn't been touched. Sure, some people will have their YouTube videos taken down and some sites will have their content pulled, but that's about it.
The newest bill to pass through the senate takes an incredibly harsh stance on illegal streaming. Those breaking the law could face up to five years in jail. Just what constitutes an offense? Any website that streams copyrighted content 10 or more times within 180 days is up for grabs. Seems a little harsh, doesn't it?
"Make no mistake: the illegal streaming of content for commercial or financial gain is a crime," writes the anti-piracy group PROTECT IP, "and the Commercial Felony Streaming Act places the appropriate criminal label on the activity."
Source: Home Media Magazine