The Daily Populous

Wednesday December 23rd, 2020 day edition

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New York (CNN Business) Tucked away in the more than 5,000-page long Covid-19 stimulus bill is a new law that severely punishes streamers that pirate large amounts of copyrighted content.

You probably have nothing to worry about: The "Protecting Lawful Streaming Act," which was introduced earlier this month by Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, doesn't target casual internet users.

The law specifies that it doesn't apply to people who use illegal streaming services or "individuals who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.".

Rather, it's focused on "commercial, for-profit streaming piracy services" that make money from illegally streaming copyrighted material.

Tillis said that this practice costs the US economy nearly $30 billion yearly.

"This commonsense legislation was drafted with the input of creators, user groups, and technology companies and is narrowly targeted so that only criminal organizations are punished and that no individual streamer has to worry about the fear of prosecution," he wrote in a statement. »

Hollywood studio MGM puts itself up for sale at $5bn

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MGM, the Hollywood studio behind the James Bond and Rocky franchises, is up for sale with a price-tag of more than $5bn (£3.75bn).

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Owners have included drinks magnate Edgar Bronfman, the Las Vegas casino billionaire Kirk Kerkorian and CNN’s founder Ted Turner. »

Trump announces wave of pardons, including Papadopoulos and former lawmakers Hunter and Collins

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The pardons came at the recommendation of Trump allies in Congress and, in some cases, the conservative media.

George Papadopoulos visits "The Story With Martha MacCallum" at Fox News Studios on March 26, 2019 in New York City.

The defense lawyer, Thomas Breen, effectively blamed Trump for publicly urging people such as Papadopoulos to disregard the Russia investigators. »

Pelosi on Trump's call to increase stimulus payments: "Let's do it!"

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Trump's Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who was involved in negotiating the bill, said Monday that the $600 checks passed by Congress would go out next week.

What they're saying: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), tweeted, "Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks.

Go deeper: Trump asks Congress to increase stimulus payments. »

Gravesend Gurdwara and Khalsa Aid delivers hundreds of curries to lorries stranded in Kent

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More than 800 free hot meals were made this afternoon by the Gravesend Gurdwara who turned around the massive order in just under three hours.

Inside the Gravesend Gurdwara as volunteers assemble 800 meals for stranded lorry drivers in Kent.

They are working with Sikh humanitarian relief charity Khalsa Aid to come to the aid of lorry drivers currently trapped due to the closure of the border at Dover. »