(THE HILL) — U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante urged Congress on Wednesday to overhaul the nation’s aging copyright system.
One of her top priorities, she said, would be to make it a felony to stream copyrighted songs or videos without permission. It is currently a felony to distribute illegal copies of copyrighted works for download, but websites that offer unauthorized streams are only guilty of a misdemeanor.
“There is a gap in the law,” Pallante said during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. “If there is illegal streaming happening, especially in an egregious, willful, profit-driven kind of way, how do you get at that activity if the best that you can do is go after them for a misdemeanor?”