You probably have nothing to worry about: The “Protecting Lawful Streaming Act,” which was introduced earlier this month by Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, doesn’t target casual internet users. The law specifies that it doesn’t apply to people who use illegal streaming services or “individuals who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.”
Rather, it’s focused on “commercial, for-profit streaming piracy services” that make money from illegally streaming copyrighted material.
Tillis said that this practice costs the US economy nearly $30 billion yearly.
If a violator is prosecuted, they could be imprisoned up to 10 years for multiple offenses, and they could be fined.
The bipartisan bill has support from five Democratic senators and four Republicans. It also has support from two groups including Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group, which called the bill “narrowly tailored” so it doesn’t affect regular internet users.
In a separate response, the National Association of Broadcasters said it “strongly supports” the law.
The “Protecting Lawful Streaming Act” could become a law as soon as this week when President Donald Trump is expected to sign the stimulus legislation.