Buried in the COVID “Relief” bill is a ton of pork-barrel spending, and a few unrelated add-ons that take direct aim at your liberties.
This happens in the U.S. quite frequently, and it’s a practice that Americans should protest furiously.
The most recent COVID relief package is a perfect example of creating a “trojan horse” to steal more of your liberties. Taken at face value, it seems good, offering a payment somewhere between $600 to $2000 per person once it’s (finally) approved.
But once this “deal with the devil” is signed into law, it comes with a heavy price to pay in the form of stiff penalties and a potentially long prison term for what it calls “illegal streaming.”
Here’s how Forbes reported the bill’s “pork”:
Measures previously seen in the CASE Act, the Trademark Modernization Act and the Felony Streaming Act now form part of the bill. These include fines of up to $30,000 and up to ten years in prison for commercial operators who ‘willfully, and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain, offer or provide to the public a digital transmission service’ of pirated material.
If you trust the U.S. Government to not abuse its powers, you might be able to make a case that people who “steal” a digital file and make money off of someone else’s work might be punished under the law.
But TEN years in prison? And a $30,000 fine? For a debatable crime where no physical harm is done? Those types of punishments are usually reserved for much harsher crimes.
Unless you’re the U.S. Government, that is…
If you think a Government official won’t lie to, manipulate, or pressure someone just to “get a win” during a questionable case…
Look, you can debate whether going to Pirate Bay and downloading your favorite movie is a crime, morally ethical, or justified at all.
But the U.S. Government just appeased the Entertainment Industry by stuffing this “pork” inside a completely unrelated bit of legislation.
All so you could be put in prison longer, or pay dearly, if you stream a movie illegally.
On top of that, the law could be abused according to the same Forbes piece: “[…] there’s criticism of the claims tribunal as being potentially unaccountable, and fears that ‘fair use’ provisions will be ignored.”
All from a 5,000 page bill that had NOTHING to do with copyright, and no one had time to read before “signing a deal with the devil.”
So if you live in the U.S., you have to ask yourself: “If they are willing to stuff this inside unrelated legislation, what else have they done?”
You know they’ve done “something.” So you need to be prepared for that.
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