George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Protecting Artists from Streaming Piracy Benefits Creativity and Technology

Here’s a brief excerpt of an op-ed by Devlin Hartline & Matthew Barblan that was published in The Hill:

In his recent op-ed in The Hill, Mike Montgomery argues that “[m]aking streaming copyright infringement a felony is a terrible idea” that will create “further rifts between tech and entertainment at a time when these two sectors are not only reliant upon one another, but melding.” While it’s true that the line between art and technology has become less discernable, it’s simply false that creating felony penalties for criminal streamers will put a wedge between the two. Instead, protecting artists and authors from such criminal enterprises serves to level the playing field so that honest creators and innovators can work together even more closely.

To read the rest of this op-ed, please visit The Hill.