Obama Administration Trying To Resurrect SOPA’s Streaming-Is-Felony Policies

first_imgreadwrite 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Streamers of illegal content on the Internet, be aware: the government really wants to punish you for your malfeasance.2012 was all about the common people of the Internet banding together to protest the possible enactment of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). Faced with mounting opposition from voters and—more importantly—big business donors like Google, Congress back-pedaled the legislation.But a new report from the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force wants to revive one key element of the former SOPA bill that’s sure to raise eyebrows among copyright watchers: streaming copyrighted works on the Internet would be considered a felony.Copying and distributing copyrighted material (i.e., bootlegging or ripping) is already considered a felony. and streaming copyrighted material is punishable just as a misdemeanor, since it’s seen a violation of public performance rights.This was a provision in the original SOPA bill, and now the Department of Commerce is exhuming it again, demonstrating for the umpteenth time the influence of Hollywood in the halls of Washington.No legislation has been proposed from this report yet, but it will be something for which to keep an eye out in upcoming months.Image courtesy Dusit/Shutterstock. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#now#online piracy#SOPA#Streaming video 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts last_img read more

Avengers midnight screening exposed to worst villain of all Measles

first_img How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 26 Photos Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future Captain America (Chris Evans) looks very angry in Avengers: Endgame. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The United States is currently in the midst of the worst measles outbreak since 1994, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the number of cases continues to rise across the country.According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, local authorities are warning people that attended a midnight screening of Avengers: Endgame at the AMC Theater in Fullerton, California on April 25 may have been exposed to the disease. A woman in her 20s who attended the screening is the first confirmed case reported in Orange County.The film had the most successful opening weekend in box office history, so you can be sure it was seen by a lot of people. The Orange County Health Care Agency suggests anyone present at the theater at the time may be at risk of infection and should check their vaccination history and monitor themselves for fever or unexplained rash for up to three weeks. The measles virus is known to spread through the air and can persist in the environment even after an infectious person leaves the area.The CDC notes that three counties in California have recorded measles outbreaks since the start of 2019 and 22 US states have reported cases overall. As of writing, 704 cases of measles have been reported in 2019. At the current rate, reported cases in the US are likely to reach their highest number since 1992, when cases topped out at 2,200.measles1graphEnlarge ImageMeasles cases in the US since 1993. Data provided by the CDC. Jackson Ryan/CNET The agency also notes that the majority of US measles cases are reported after overseas travel. However, outbreaks are also seen to occur in US communities where there are “pockets of unvaccinated people.””Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes,” said Nichole Quick, interim county health officer with the Orange County health care agency, in a press release. “The MMR vaccine is a simple, inexpensive, and very effective measure to prevent the spread of this serious virus.”The Orange County Health Care Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.   Avengers: Endgame writers address time travel questions Avengers: Endgame has no postcredits scene, but there is a minor audio stinger Avengers: Endgame and time travel: Why it all makes perfect sense Tags Commentscenter_img TV and Movies Related stories 2 Now playing: Watch this: 2:58 Share your voicelast_img read more

Highprofile fugitives Cautious CBI issues lookout notice for Chanda Kochhar

first_img UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya Apparently stung by high profile flight from the country of several economic offenders, premier crime investigative agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a lookout circular (LOC) against top banker Chanda Kochhar, who is being probed over alleged fraud during her tenure as the chief executive officer and managing director of ICICI Bank.Apart from Chanda Kochhar, the lookout notices also include her husband Deepak Kochhar, and Videocon Group’s Venugopal Dhoot. The development comes weeks after Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a criminal case against them for alleged money laundering, according to media reports.The CBI and the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had taken opposition flak over the flight aboard of several top businessmen including liquor baron Vijay Mallya and diamond merchants Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi. Facing the general election in a matter of weeks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government can ill-afford to face another embarrassing flight in a high profile economic offence investigation.The CBI last year issued lookout circulars at all airports against Deepak Kochhar and Dhoot last year. The Economics Times reports this is the first time LOC has been issued against Chanda Kochhar.”LOCs were filed after the FIR and are mandatory in cases where such economic offences are alleged. In recent times, keeping an eye on travel plans is a top concern for regulators,” the newspaper quoted an official as saying.ED registered a criminal case for alleged money laundering against the Kochhars, Dhoot, and others, to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning a Rs 1,875-crore loan to the corporate group.ED filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, taking into account a CBI complaint filed last month. An ECIR is the ED’s equivalent of a police first information report (FIR). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank at the inauguration of 100 Digital Villages in New Delhi on May 2, 2017.IANSThe agency is probing the possibility of amassing tainted assets from any kickbacks the loan deal might have generated. The ED is expected to summon the accused named in the ECIR soon, according to reports.Allegations of conflict of interest against the CEO first arose in October 2016 following the ICICI Bank’s sanctioning of a loan to the Videocon Group. The allegation was that though Kochhar’s husband had alleged beneficial business dealings with Videocon managing director Venugopal Dhoot, yet the bank CEO continued to function on the credit committee that sanctioned the loan in 2012.An ICICI Bank inquiry found that Kochhar violated the bank’s code of conduct and its board decided to treat her October resignation – tendered while she was on leave – as a termination. Kochhar said she was “utterly disappointed, hurt and shocked” by the decision. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:39Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:37?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more