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[ NNSquad ] MPAA Excitement! - Firefighters support Internet Censorship, because ... uh ... well ...
MPAA Excitement! - Firefighters support Internet Censorship, because ... uh ... well ... http://j.mp/vdklKC (TechDirt) "Want to know just how desperate the folks at the MPAA are getting in their attempt to turn back the clock and outlaw all sorts of innovation? They're reaching the absolute bottom of the barrel, touting the fact that firefighers have come out in favor of PROTECT IP/E-PARASITE. What the hell do firefighters have to do with understanding detailed concepts like free speech, censorship, prior restraint, third party internet liability, and related topics? If you said absolutely, positively, nothing at all, you'd be correct. So, why are firefighters suddenly in favor of the censorship of the internet in America? It's not hard to guess, given how DC lobbying works these days ..." - - - The MPAA material linked from Techdirt is a hoot, quoting statements that attempt to explain how Internet sites (and by extension, the search engines that link to them) can "fund other criminal enterprises and fuel violent crime in our communities here at home." [actual quote] And presumably how before there was an Internet, there was no crime at all! Public enemies number #1 - "Those damned computer scientists and their damned electronic computer thingies." [not an actual quote] Achtung!!! Think of the children! --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org Founder: - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com