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China Ramps Up Online Censorship Efforts As US Congress Gives Them Perfect Cover

By Mike Masnick As the US seeks to set up its own “Great Firewall” by copying Chinese censorship techniques in the twin bills SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA), it appears that China is doing exactly as you would expect when

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

SOPA / PIPA Take a Beating From Activist Groups and YOU!

We’re hearing it from Senate offices, and we’re hearing it from people who’ve been bombarding Washington with calls: The phones in the Capitol have been ringing off the hooks this week. It’s having an impact: just days ago Hollywood’s head

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Posted in Corporate Censorship, Free Speech, Freedom of Expression, Government Control, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Even Though SOPA / PIPA Are Hot Topics, Remember DMCA Already Has Significant Problems

A number of folks on both sides of the SOPA/PIPA debates have noted the seeming “irony” that the anti-SOPA/PIPA folks keep pointing to the DMCA and complaining about how SOPA/PIPA will undermine the DMCA. After all, many in the tech

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Posted in Free Speech, Freedom of Expression, Government Control, Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Media Censorship, Music Censorship

Censorship in America: Call Your Senators Today and Tell Them To Vote Against Censoring The Internet

As mentioned last week, there’s a big push going on by the MPAA and the US Chamber of Commerce (the largest lobbying organization in the world) to get PROTECT IP voted on and approved in the next few days or

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship: What if SOPA / PIPA Become Law?

Threading the Needle by Derek Bambauer Imagine that Ron Wyden fails: either PROTECT IP or SoPA / E-PARASITE passes and is signed into law by President Obama. Advocacy groups such as the EFF would launch an immediate constitutional challenge to

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship: PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America

As was unfortunately expected, the House version of PROTECT IP has been released (embedded below) and it’s ridiculously bad. Despite promises from Rep. Goodlatte, there has been no serious effort to fix the problems of the Senate bill, and it’s

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Website Blocking – Off The Table in the UK (For Now)

Written by Gwen Hinze In countries across the world, IP rightholders are pushing website blocking as the latest weapon against online copyright infringement. United Nations’ Human Rights experts, security engineers, law professors and others are pushing back, noting both the

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

Reject the PROTECT IP Act: Write to Your Lawmakers

The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) is a threatening sequel to last year’s COICA Internet censorship bill that would—like its predecessor—invite Internet security risks, threaten online speech, and hamper Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this dangerous bill!

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Posted in Corporate Censorship, Human Rights

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

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