The department's Internet Policy Task Force last week proposed making it a felony to stream copyrighted works. According to Techdirt, such a provision, if interpreted broadly, could apply to people who upload covers of themselves performing songs to YouTube without permission.
Criminalizing streaming was then made a key component of the much-maligned Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which sought to stem the spread of copyrighted material on the Web. Opponents, with the support of Google, Reddit and other large websites, said the bill threatened free speech online and mounted a protest campaign that culminated with President Barack Obama announcing that he would not support the legislation.
I believe that this goes beyond just copyrighted material. The word "unauthorized" seems to be pretty vague. Who is to say that they won't just declare certain streams such as news from non-mainstream sources unauthorized?
Combine this and feinstein's law [ thread
] to discriminate from "bloggers" and "actual reporters" and you could possibly see people serving jail time for reporting news on various streaming sites. As part of copyright law, if they are not considered a news agency, and they don't have the rights to use said copyright material.. it could possibly be a felony.
If this and feinstein's law passes it will be the death of independent internet news sources.