Hal Halpin Guest Stars on Pro Gaming Insider Podcast

August 3, 2011 -

Hal Halpin, President of the Entertainment Consumer Association (ECA) will be a guest on the Pro Gaming Insider podcast to discuss the ramifications of the U.S. Senate's anti-streaming bill (also known as Bill S.978). Bill S.978 is a bill to "amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes." Gamers, YouTube users and Netflix subscribers will want to pay particular attention to this bill because it changes the law to make it a felony to stream content a certain number of times to other parties.

For instance, a video that shows gameplay from a game and is watched by thousands of people could land you in legal trouble under the proposed changes to the law. This is mostly due to the fact that the wording of this new bill is so murky, convoluted, and vague.

Hal Halpin joins the Pro Gaming Insider podcast to discuss the potential pitfalls that consumers could face if this bill is passed. You can learn more about the podcast here. The live podcast will air Thursday, August 11th at 9:00pm EST.

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Re: Hal Halpin Guest Stars on Pro Gaming Insider Podcast

On one hand something needs to be done with illicit profiting made from distribution, the first thing that needs to be done is allowing distribution when there is no money being generated from it for anyone, next if you have the system setup to send revenue from page views,ect to the IP owner clips and other non whole(or dose not adds up to a whole from a single user) copy right items can not be taken down.

Lets do something to protect both sides not just IP owners who could care less about the publics general rights and freedoms.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenHey, remember Kung Fury? That short film that was funded via Kickstarter a few years ago? You can watch it now. I suggest you do. It's fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg05/28/2015 - 5:14pm
Goth_SkunkOriginally, yes. Some content was cut out in order to reduce its ratign from AO down to M, but PC users could work around that an unlock the full content by means of a patch. Which is what I did. :D05/28/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenKarp - Yes, for strong sexual content. Although the recent remaster contains all that content and was rated M.05/28/2015 - 3:54pm
Andrew EisenDepends on if you consider Hatred misrated. I haven't played the game or seen the ESRB's rating summary so I'm undecided.05/28/2015 - 3:53pm
WonderkarpDidnt Fahrenheit have an AO?05/28/2015 - 3:52pm
Matthew Wilson@AE that is why I said it seems more moral panic to me.05/28/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - From what I've seen (just the trailers) the game is nowhere near as gory as many, many other games. But again, I'm guessing the AO rating comes from theme and tone rather than outright gore.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenKarp - It didn't show penetration or nudity.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
WonderkarpI'd say Mortal Kombat X has more Gore and Violence than Hatred.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Matthew Wilsonwhat I mean by worse in this case its not more gory/violent than others.05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
WonderkarpI forget....did Hot Coffee actually show Penetration?05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenKarp - The Skyrim mods are external mods. The Hot Coffee mod unlocked content on the disc. Big difference. Still, the content that was unlocked was still perfectly in line with an M rating in my opinion.05/28/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew EisenThemes are factored into ratings, not just mechanics. Still waiting for ESRB's rating summary. Very curious to see what it has to say.05/28/2015 - 3:46pm
Matthew WilsonHatred is a top down shooter though, and isnt any worse than other top down shooters?05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Wonderkarpyeah, San Andreases rerating was ridiculous. Why not rerate Skyrim with all its crazy sex mods out there? But yeah, ESRB is good as policing itself. 05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Andrew EisenManhunt 2 and Hatred though? Eh, there's an argument to be made for the higher rating.05/28/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenRerating San Andreas was a mistake though. That seemed to be the result of kowtowing to public pressure.05/28/2015 - 3:42pm
 

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