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Censorship in America: House Quietly Reintroduces a Piece of SOPA

Even after millions rallied against the passage of SOPA/PIPA, the House is still quietly trying to pass a related bill that would give the entertainment industry more permanent, government-funded spokespeople. The Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee of the

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Posted in Censorship, Government Control, Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

Internet Censorship: SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet

Here’s the first installment of our closer review of the massive piece of job-killing Internet regulation that is the Stop Online Piracy Act. We’ll start with how it could impact Twitter, Tumblr, and the next innovative social network, cloud computing,

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Posted in Corporate Censorship, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Copyright As Censorship: Newport Television (Troll) Abusing DMCA To Try To Silence Criticism

Another day, another case of someone abusing copyright law (and the DMCA specifically) to try to stifle criticism. Before we get into the details, let me be clear on one thing: as I was just discussing last week, I don’t

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Posted in Corporate Censorship

Senator Leahy Praises US Gov’t Censorship Of Websites As ICE Takes Another Victory Lap

It really would be kind of funny to watch the US government congratulate itself for censorship of websites if it wasn’t just kind of sad. At a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on intellectual property issues, Senator Patrick Leahy (top 3

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Posted in Human Rights

UK Rightsholders Want Web Censorship; Don’t Want The Public To Be A Part Of The Conversation

A whole bunch of you have been pointing to James Firth’s detailed post concerning some leaked information about a “private” meeting of rightsholders, ISPs and the government in the UK to discuss a “voluntary” web censorship system designed to block

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Posted in Human Rights

Oregon Senator Wyden Freezes Second Internet Censorship Bill

A U.S. Senator from Oregon has once again taken a stand against his own party to defend what he sees as the inherent right to free speech on the Internet, placing a hold on a bill that could force search

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Son Of COICA: PROTECT IP Act Will Allow For Broad Censorship Powers, Even Granted To Copyright Holders

Source: TechDirt As expected, it appears that a new version of COICA is on its way, and it looks like those behind it have ramped up their efforts to make the positioning sound better. Rather than COICA, it’s been renamed

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Posted in Human Rights

The Companies Who Support Censoring The Internet

Source: techdirt A group of companies sent a letter to to Attorney General Eric Holder and ICE boss John Morton today (with cc’s to VP Joe Biden, Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano, IP Czar Victoria Espinel, Rep. Lamar Smith, Rep.

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Posted in Corporate Censorship

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