Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 00:09 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes ...and we're back. Like so many other sites on the web, OSNews joined the worldwide protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT-IP Act, which threaten to end free speech, economic innovation, privacy, and the free exchange of information on the web. I don't wish to waste too many words on our participation, so consider this item as a sort of comment lightening rod to make sure that when the next story is posted, we can focus fully on its topic. Update: DC seems to be getting the message the internet sent today.
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RE: Porn
by AnyoneEB on Thu 19th Jan 2012 02:36 UTC in reply to "Porn"
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Deciding what content should and should not appear on websites is not the job of the United States government. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_C... . As the siblings mentioned, client-side tools exist for filtering internet content. They aren't perfect. Realistically, if you do not want your children to have unrestricted access to information, then don't let them have internet access without supervision. No remotely reasonable law nor technical measure will change that.

The DMCA already provides a way for copyright owners to get cooperating sites to take down infringing content. Pirates aren't going to follow the law. If Congress manages to draft a law that actually forbids American ISPs from routing packets to/from The Pirate Bay, then BitTorrent software developers will probably just finally get around to developing/agreeing on a protocol for DHT search, so they don't need a website. Legal measures may force intentional copyright infringement to switch protocols (and possibly prevent anyone from profiting off of it via ad money) but they won't stop copyright infringement. Sorry.

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