Copyright Crackdown Threatens Youtube Lip-Syncing
CHARLOTTE, NC- We've all seen cute kids lip-syncing their favorite songs on YouTube. A new bill could make that illegal.
"I don't think you should go after little 8 year olds that are crying and singing Justin Bieber because it's their favorite person in the world," said YouTube Lip-syncer Cubby Squires.
U.S. Senate bill 978 would toughen copyright laws and make it illegal to upload lip-synced videos.
Squires uploaded a video lip-syncing and dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” to YouTube two years ago.
51 million views later and an appearance on stage with Beyonce… and he's got cyber success.
"I understand the record companies want to look after themselves because it's a business... it's a profit, and that's fine," said Squires.
Squires shot a new video in Charlotte on Monday.
Under the new bill, it could get him into trouble.
For publicly performing copyrighted material and uploading those to sites like YouTube, the bill presents a very steep penalty... up to five years in prison.
Ben Sidbury practices copyright law, including audio recordings and digital media.
"The way the statute is written... It would now criminalize anybody that performs a copyrighted work, which is essentially nowadays any song under the sun," said Sidbury.
So, YouTube sensations like 16 year-old Keenan Cahill would be guilty under the bill... even if he doesn't make any money.
"In theory at least, the record companies or the Department of Justice could go after a 9-year old or a 12 year old or a 30 year old for publicly performing a song," said Sidbury.
From talent shows to home videos, the bill aims to close loopholes of copyright law in the digital age!