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Old 01-18-2012, 03:23 PM
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Wikipedia voluntarily shut down for 24 hours this morning in a protest against internet piracy laws in the United States.

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Old 01-18-2012, 08:58 PM
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It's a censorship law hiding under the guise of copyright protection. Most agree that something needs to be done about piracy; however, this bill is absolutely ridiculous. From my understanding, it would allow whole websites to be immediately shut down without even the opportunity (for the accused) to appear in court and have the case be reviewed by a judge. Also, certain websites could be hidden from US viewers. If anyone has a better understanding of it than me, please feel free to elaborate on the subject.

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Old 01-18-2012, 09:06 PM
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It's a censorship law hiding under the guise of copyright protection. Most agree that something needs to be done about piracy; however, this bill is absolutely ridiculous. From my understanding, it would allow whole websites to be immediately shut down without even the opportunity (for the accused) to appear in court and have the case be reviewed by a judge.
I agree.
I acquainted myself with the essence of this law briefly... and I've also read other people's opinions on the Net.
Yes, this is really ridiculous and, imho, it is an "illegal" law, if I may say so. But in the contemporary world governments often wear hypocritical masks to hide the true intentions.. and, alas, many people believe that!
We have not reached this in Russia yet, but pretty soon, I guess, we will... if it goes on like this...
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:19 PM
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I agree.
I acquainted myself with the essence of this law briefly... and I've also read other people's opinions on the Net.
Yes, this is really ridiculous and, imho, it is an "illegal" law, if I may say so. But in the contemporary world governments often wear hypocritical masks to hide the true intentions.. and, alas, many people believe that!
We have not reached this in Russia yet, but pretty soon, I guess, we will... if it goes on like this...
It certainly is a scary prospect. Many people here in the US are signing a petition to stop the bill. I will be very surprised if the bill passes Congress, but it's disheartening that such a thing was even considered in the first place.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:53 AM
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I doubt this has anything to do with censorship per se, since it's emanating from a country which is both an oligopolistic corporatocracy (perhaps a kleptocracy) on the one hand, and the world's headquarters of prurience on the other. It's OK to promote or allow nazism, racism, sexism, pornography, violence, bomb-making, hate-mail, cyber-bullying people to death, all kinds of loony ideas, and so on, but any perceived threat to private or incorporated property and profits must be attacked as if cracking a nut with a steam-roller.
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