Washington, DC—Big business and music and entertainment studio executives have teamed up to propose another bill launching an attack on the freedom to record and view your favorite television shows. Senators are actually considering a “Seven Seconds” bill to make it a felony to view recorded or streaming copyrighted music content-like the theme song of your favorite show or mood music in the background of a commercial or program-for more than seven seconds.
As some stoner music major my sister used to date in college e-mailed us, under the current wording of this bill, you could go to jail for watching a recording you made of any program that has any music in any form in its content.
The entertainment industry has been wigging out for several decades about websites that embed and stream musical content, and now they want law enforcement to lump music from TV shows in there, and put people in jail over it, rather than waste time filing civil lawsuits. What’s odd is that the wording of the bill doesn’t make it a crime to record the content, it would just be illegal to view the content.
Less than a month ago, the Hollywood industry magazine and well-known pinko Commie rag, Variety, reported, “Industry lobbyists pressed House members on Wednesday to pass legislation that would make illegal viewing of streaming movies, TV shows and other types of content a felony.”
A statement released by the committee reviewing the bill confirmed that any television program with even a note of music would fall under the bill. But they did offer at least one option: “’60 Minutes’ has no music. I mean unless they’re doing a story about a musician or something. Or when Leslie Stahl does a piece on one of those musical prodigies. Have you seen those kids? Amazing…”