Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blogging in peril

We read:
"It was a safe bet something was up when Obama refused to discuss — for ‘national security’ reasons, of course — the terms of the forthcoming Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (a secret copyright treaty). Now the Internet chapter has leaked, according to Cory Doctorow, and ‘It’s bad. Very bad.’

Among other things: It requires ISPs to ‘proactively police’ user-generated content for copyright violations. This effectively puts the legal onus on hosting services for enforcing digital copyright, resulting (according to Doctorow) in liability issues that will destroy the business models of services like Blogger and YouTube.

This ‘proactive policing’ means, in particular, requiring DMCA-style ‘takedown notices’ as standard practice in all signatory countries, and requiring automatic takedown and cutoff of Internet service on accusation — not conviction. As we’ve already seen in the U.S., takedowns are a virtually 100% effective form of censorship, since ISPs typically respond immediately and with a complete lack of due process.”



J. Birch said...

Did anyone actually expect anything different from comrade Obama? He is following his Marxist mentors and heros.

Generally speaking, the American people never seem to learn anything until they've been abused and devastated. Electing a totally unqualified, Marxist, neighborhood organizer as their leader is simply another example of that. The price they, and this country will pay for their intellectual and moral weakness will be historic, as was the price Europeans paid for ignoring Nazism and Fascisim.

Anonymous said...

Here's the change we can believe in...from democracy to dictatorship.

Robert said...

Hmm, time to prepare accusations against the Daily K-os and Democrat Underground, and if the regulations go into effect, demonstrate to them what they mean.

We The People said...

Quotable Quotes

"We must rid ourselves of the foolish notion that we're being broadminded when we ignore vitriolic loathing of our culture and our lifestyle. Refusing to take action against evil for fear of being guilty of stereotyping has resulted in flag-draped coffins for thirteen of America's finest. What occurred at Fort Hood is even more stunning because it exposes a weak-willed mentality that has become woven into the fabric of the mightiest military force in the history of the world. " – Bob Weir

Anonymous said...


A ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the dismantling of the infamous Berlin Wall, where none of the participants mention the man who brought it down: Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Anonymous said...

with some help from Gorby, Maggie Thatcher and the Polish Pope

Anonymous said...

That's true, but he was the driving force that made it happen. He was probably the last president that truly had the respect of most world leaders. Yes, in some cases it was because they feared him. But unfortunately, in the real world, fear garners more respect than does insincere diplomacy.

Anonymous said...

fuck comrade obama and all his petty asshole puck worshippers.