Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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Only evil
by wocowboy on Sat 27th Nov 2010 12:05 UTC
wocowboy
Member since:
2006-06-01

I love it how some reporters, when doing a story about anything, only see evil in whatever happened or what the subject of the story did, no matter now benign the action really might have been.

For example, I might have a dog that is running amok in the neighborhood, biting people, digging up their flowerbeds, terrorizing little old ladies, generally creating havoc.

So, seeing the damage my dog is causing, I build a fence around my yard and tie my dog to a chain so it cannot get out any more. One of these types of reporters would do a story about how evil I am by putting up the fence, calling the fence anti-social, accuse me of being cruel to my dog by keeping it inside a walled garden instead of letting it roam free, how I might expect other people to start building fences around their yards, anything but stating any benefit the fence might have for the general community outside.

Sometimes actions have good results, like this barring of pirated material and illegally obtained documents, but it's just really hard to get some reporters to report on them when they only want to see and report evil.

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RE: Only evil
by pabloski on Sat 27th Nov 2010 12:24 in reply to "Only evil"
pabloski Member since:
2009-09-28

The problem isn't what they're doing, but how they're doing it.

I'm against piracy. If you don't like the majors than don't buy their crap. It is called sabotage and it is the best way to show your scorn for them.

The real problem is that government agencies without any constitutional authority to arrest, seize, imprison, are doing just that. Remember that the people who founded the USA made it because the UK tirants applied laws as they liked, imprisoned people because they liked, killed "enemies" because they liked.

Democracy means that the first right of each citizen is the right to self defense. How can you defend against some entity that doesn't accept replies?

If a judge condemns you, you can appeal. Who can I ask you to have your domain removed from the blacklist?

Who will ask you to be saved by a platoon of soldiers that is going to kill you because some obscure government official ( protected under the disguise of national security agencies ) has ordered them to kill you?

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RE: Only evil
by Icaria on Sat 27th Nov 2010 13:39 in reply to "Only evil"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

If you felt like tying up and fencing off that analogy, I wouldn't hold it against you.

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RE: Only evil
by canuck45 on Sat 27th Nov 2010 18:51 in reply to "Only evil"
canuck45 Member since:
2010-11-27

No its not like that at all.

Its more like your dog is digging holes in YOUR yard and tunnelling underground to my yard and biting the postman and newspaper boy in YOUR yard. I report this and include pictures to prove this.

You then take my camera so I can't report the facts. You continue to state My dog doesn't do anything, show me the evidence.

Censorship of the worst kind, take away the ability to report the truth.

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