The PROTECT IP bill proposed in the House of Representatives would give the government the ability to censor the internet while strengthing the entertainment industry’s ability to sue any website for any and all perceived copyright infringements. Not only would it stifle innovation on the web, it would also be a devastating limitation of our First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
This is most absurd piece of legislation I’ve seen…today. Tennessee has just passed a law making it illegal to post anything on the Internet that may “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to anyone, anywhere (IE: EVERYTHING). The Internet: I do not think it is what you think it is.
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We knew this was coming, but starting today, every citizen of Finland has the legal right to a 1Mbps broadband connection, meaning that providers are now required to make the connections available to everyone.
Disconnecting downloaders will alienate the entertainment industry’s most loyal customers. With the passage into law of the dread Digital Economy Act comes Ofcom’s guidelines that are the first step toward rules for when and how rightsholders will be able to disconnect entire families from the internet because someone on or near their premises is accused of copyright infringement.