Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th May 2011 22:03 UTC
Google Wait - is this for real? A large American company openly defying the anti-freedom and totalitarian content industry? In comments in the UK media, Google chairman Eric Schmidt took aim at the big content-sponsored PROTECT IP act. The PROTECT IP act is the US internet censorship (the China kind) law, which more or less takes aim directly against Google. In his criticism, Schmidt went far - very far. The content industry obviously isn't pleased.
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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by telns on Fri 20th May 2011 15:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
telns
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I disagree in one important way. The primary issue isn't that the politicians don't care. The problem is if you give a group of people (Congress) unlimited control over everything imaginable and every aspect over everyone else's lives, down to how much salt they are allowed to eat and where their kids and go to school, you will not get a good result no matter how much the lawmakers "care."

They simply have too much control. Areas of private life and private business that had been "off limits" to government control for hundreds of years are now routine political decisions. As long as those politicians are controlling everything, businesses will always have a compelling reason to make sure the law comes out written in their favor.

In about 99.999% of cases nowadays it would be far better for the government to say, "I'm staying out of that -- that is none of my business," and not even pass a law. Does anyone need this law? Really? Each new law, especially the laws passed in the US over the past 12y or so, makes everything just one more step worse. Just stop already!

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