My brain is so full of fuck from this post.
The actual bill is an amendment to an existing copyright infringement law. It’s already illegal to pirate a video, and this amendment would expand that law to treat embedding of videos the same as downloading.
This does not, as you put it, “make it illegal to view or listen to any copyrighted material over the internet.”
Here’s what it does: if you wanted to embed a copy of an Avril Lavigne video or an episode of The Colbert Report or something like that, then you’d have to get permission, and probably pay royalties. But you can go ahead and watch it wherever they make it available.
I think the bill will inhibit sharing and I’m against that. The bill sucks, but not in the ways that you’re making it out to be.
Also, the way you generalize this to “politicians” makes it sound like this is some unanimous movement and not just one bill proposed by one senator to a committee who will later vote.
Let me fix this for you:
Senator Amy Klobuchar wants to make unlicensed embedding of streaming video a felony. Call the congressman that represents your voting district and tell them how you feel about the bill. Make sure you have an understanding of the bill first.