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New Felony Streaming Measure Not Specifically Aimed at Twitch Streamers

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Republican senator Thom Tillis has been hard at work this past month to pass an act that would make streaming copyrighted material a felony, and on Monday Congress approved a new bull that would classify illegal streaming as a felony offense.

However, the passing of the bill doesn’t mean that the federal government will be going after Twitch streamers, or content creators on YouTube, as they will instead be focusing on streaming pirated content, according to The Verge’s Makena Kelly.

“As a general matter, we do not see the need for further criminal penalties for copyright infringement,” Meredith Rose, senior policy counsel at Public Knowledge, stated in an official release issued earlier this month.

In an effort to offer more clarification on the purpose of legislation, here is an official statement for Tillis’ office:

“The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act will apply only to commercial, for-profit streaming piracy services. The law will not sweep in normal practices by online service providers, good faith business disputes, noncommercial activities, or in any way impact individuals who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works. Individuals who might use pirate streaming services will not be affected.”

Furthermore, here is a statement issued on Tuesday from Joshua Lamel, the executive director of the Re:Create Coalition:

“This proposal [the incoming DMCA reform] would result in massive legal uncertainties for small businesses, startups and new creators; hurt competition and consumer choice for the next generation of platforms like TikTok and Parler; and lead to significant overblocking of everyday content on the platforms that Americans use every day to work, communicate and have fun,”

For more clarity and information, please refer to the Verge article as well as Kotaku’s coverage right here.

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Gamactica Women Relaunches with New Vision

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Today, Gamactica announced the official relaunch of Gamactica Women, which was one of the first sections added to the social media platform, alongside the Stream Directory.

With a new vision, new direction, and new purpose, Gamactica Women is looking to do something positive and impactful across the gaming and streaming industries. And while it will be similar to other directories on Gamactica, it will also serve as something much more.

According to the official announcement posted on Wednesday morning (via Portals): “Today, I would like to introduce you to Eclipse, which is a section dedicated to creators who create content in mediums such as film, fan films, performances, stand up comedy, and more. With our powerful marketing structure, and our community of creators who create diverse content across a number of platforms, our mission is to create a space for fan film content creatorsindie film creators, and extended content creators that want to build visibility, improve networking, and build more connections within the content creation industry.

Much like our Content Creator Directory (aka the Stream Directory) we will be providing visitors direct access to content creators of this niche within the Gamactica platform, including previews of their work.

While we will be working with creators who make content in all genres, we will be really pushing the horror genre hard, due to our partnership with horror news website Fright Nerd, and the Fright Nerd Podcast which will be making it’s return soon. Through this partnership we will be able to expand on our benefits with exclusive interviews, trailer releases, and more via the Fright Nerd website.”

Gamactica Women is LIVE and accepting applications!

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Sifu Arriving in February 2022

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Following a delay, Sloclap has finally announced a new release date for their hand-to-hand brawler action game’Sifu’.

The game is set to make it’s way to Playstation 4, PC, and Playstation 5 on February 8th.

The fighting game has a rather unique wrinkle, as every time you die in the game, you respawn a little bit older. You can check out a vide of the game below.

 

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Hitman 3 Announces Year 2 Plans

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IO Interactive  put out a brand new video today highlighting what is in store during Year 2 of Hitman 3, which will include another year of DLC, new maps, storylines, modes, and more ways to play the most successful game in the franchise.

You can check out the full announcement, which was posted to Youtube on Monday, below:

 

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