$30,000 Fine For Sharing Memes May Be Buried In Stimulus Bill?

  • Lawmakers are under fire from digital rights campaigners for embedding three controversial changes to online copyright and trademark laws into the must-pass $2.3 trillion legislative package, which includes a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill and a $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill.
  • The punitive provisions crammed into the enormous bill, warned Evan Greer of the digital rights group Fight for the Future, “threaten ordinary Internet users with up to $30,000 in fines for engaging in everyday activity such as downloading an image and re-uploading it… [or] sharing memes.”
  • As Mike Masnick explained in a piece at TechDirt on Monday: “The CASE Act will supercharge copyright trolling exactly at a time when we need to fix the law to have less trolling. And the felony streaming bill (which was only just revealed last week with no debate or discussion) includes provisions that are so confusing and vague no one is sure if it makes sites like Twitch into felons.”

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