If this bill passes, raising money for charities such as Extra Life may no longer be the same. Isn't that nice?
EDIT: To send a letter to Congress about stopping this bill, go here: URGENT: Congress Wants to Make Streaming a Felony
And another link (Thanks CrashBomber): http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s978/show
From "Trolling the Stream" on Shoryuken.com:
Just to hit you over the head with this, that means that if you stream a game like Street Fighter 4 or Starcraft 2 (or a movie or a song etc) only 10 or more times in a full half year, and if you make a bit of money doing it, you either need to have a license from Capcom or Blizzard etc or you risk going to jail.
Amusingly slash horrifyingly enough, it gets worse. The wording of this bill is so vague that “performance” could count for a crap-ton of what we who understand the internet would consider very different things. The offense is defined super broadly: “public performance by electronic means.” That includes live streaming of copyrighted audiovisual works, of course, but it almost certainly also includes recorded YouTube videos of copyrighted audiovisual works, whether they be match vids, game footage/live shot hybrids, movies, TV shows, music, and so on. Going off other legal precedent, it might even cover embedding an infringing YouTube vid and videos of kids lip syncing to music.