Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th May 2011 16:22 UTC
Legal "A new bill backed by movie studios and other large copyright holders takes a novel approach to curbing access to piratical Web sites: an Internet death penalty. That's a good way to describe the approach adopted by the legislation introduced today, which specifies a step-by-step method for making Web sites suspected of infringing copyrights or trademarks vanish from the Internet. It's called the Protect IP Act. The U.S. Department of Justice would receive the power to seek a court order against an allegedly infringing Web site, and then serve that order on search engines, certain Domain Name System providers, and Internet advertising firms - which would in turn be required to 'expeditiously' make the target Web site invisible." ...because the interests of big content are obviously far more important than socialist communist terrorist nonsense like freedom of speech, right to a fair trial, innocent until proven otherwise, and so on. This is exactly what the founding fathers had in mind. Honest.
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Whack a mole
by jonsmirl on Fri 13th May 2011 17:01 UTC
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Such fun, the government can order unrelated companies to play whack a mole on an international scale!

At what point do we realize that these government paid policing activities being lobbied for by the entertainment industry cost more than they are paying taxes? It is cheaper to just let everyone copy things and send the entertainment execs pension checks from Uncle Sam.

If this keeps up the cost of policing their broken business model is going to exceed the revenue of the industry. The government is an idiot for bearing the costs of policing someone else's broken business model.

Let's pass a law saying that I own all of the air. Then send government thugs everywhere to collect my royalties!

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