AG Holder: Justice Should Be Able to Go After Some Illegal Streaming as FelonySays Necessary for Government to Have in its Toolkit 5/15/2013 12:23 PM Eastern
At a House Judiciary Committee Justice Department oversight hearing Wednesday, attorney general Eric Holder said that being able to classify illegal streaming as a felony, not just a misdemeanor, is necessary for the government to have in its toolkit.
Asked by Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) why Justice felt it needed that expanded power, Holder said that sometimes such streaming involves thousands and millions of dollars. He said that Justice wasn't looking to turn streaming from a misdemeanor to a crime, but that in some cases it needed that added power "consistent with the nature of the harm."
Register of copyrights Maria Pallante has also pushed for making streaming a felony.