Internet Censorship From Around the Globe

Friday, January 27, 2012


Last week, public outrage forced congress to table some bills backed by Hollywood lobbyists that would have barred access to sites accused of piracy. But Hollywood’s influence extends well beyond the US Congress. Bob talks to Rainey Reitman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has created a website called Global Chokepoints that tracks pending or existing legislation worldwide (often pushed by the US and Hollywood) that would kick people or websites off the internet.

Dan Bull & Friends - SOPA Cabana

Comments [2]

Jeff Sawyer from Madison, WI

Here's what we should censor: the sensationalist headlines on the Yahoo home page. It's like standing in a checkout line. Here's my take:

Jan. 30 2012 03:03 PM
Robyn from Brazil

My one major issue with all of this overriding concern about "freedom" of the internet SOPA, etc. is no one is speaking about the rights of artists whose digital work is being copied, sold, stolen, whathaveyou. When Bob asks "what is a consumer to do?" when faced with threats that they could be kicked off the internet after repeated warnings from a provider for engaging in illegal downloading activities, the answer to me is simple - "don't pirate!" Sure, people like to think this is just about enormous Hollywood studios and evil record labels, but it is easy to forget that many small artists are hugely impacted by internet theft. My husband is a composer. He licenses his work commercially. It is not an easy way to make a living and is made increasingly difficult by the fact that if someone posts one of his songs on a site like Megauploader and he won't make a cent from it. SOPA was poor legislation, but something needs to be done. In my opinion, asking individual providers to police their consumers for engaging in illegal downloading and shutting down their accounts after numerous warnings is not an infringement on some sort of nascent right. It is calling a spade a spade. You steal from the local candy store, the owner isn't going to let you back in. Besides it is certainly a better approach than having whole sites blocked in internet-wide, catch-all censorship, like SOPA proposed.

Jan. 29 2012 04:11 PM

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