Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Nov 2011 23:20 UTC
Legal The saga surrounding SOPA will be dominating the headlines for a while yet, and today is no different. First of all, and most importantly, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution against SOPA, while also calling for net neutrality to become part of EU law. Second, and this is also interesting, we now have a list of software companies which are against freedom of speech on the web. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Microsoft are on this list. Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against SOPA. Update II: Tumbler's anti-SOPA message on their website generated almost 90000 (!) phone calls to representatives. Amazing.
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So up you like down you censor?
by jefro on Sun 20th Nov 2011 17:44 UTC
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It is a not a simple as closing a boot. Everyone else that visits may be subject to a single or few person's viewpoint. The modding down to censor is wrong.

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Alfman Member since:


It's going a bit far to call it "censoring" since the moderators don't actively ban particular viewpoints. I've been on discussion boards where they do censor discussions and I find it tasteless. One is a popular job board in the US that's been banning members based on their negative views about the market. Of course they have their own selfish reasons for doing so, but it's a real disservice to the community. Thankfully osnews isn't like that.

I do think everyone should be able to "vote" on every post without the odd restrictions in place now, but it's just a gimmick anyway. I really come here for the news and discussions.

I hope SOPA is struck down, allowing corporations to take the law into their own hands and sidestepping the courts is a terrible idea.

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zima Member since:

It's not censorship - looking over your posts in this thread, it seems more like marking down trash (which is otherwise perfectly available, if somebody's into it), to help those who mostly would just glance over discussion. Those who usually don't want to spare much time on comments, for example - so it's better for them to have greater chance of stumbling on something potentially valuable.

Something not like your comments in this thread - in which, for example, it seems you either troll or just don't have the faintest idea how much of "American" film, music, or games industry is in hands of overseas interests, also European. Or how much of it is European (easy to miss, there are quite a few big European productions of all kinds with EN as a working language just to broaden the potential public, even when made by entities outside EN-speaking places) - like that legendary "something so envelope-pushing like Crysis could be only done by Americans!" idiot.

Edited 2011-11-24 23:50 UTC

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