from the copyright-as-censorship dept
This is incredibly broad censorship, designed to massively stifle public participation, especially in the political process. So, wouldn't you know it? Among the ways that Vietnamese officials are defending this program is by claiming it's necessary to "protect intellectual property."
State media reported that the vice minister of information and communications, Do Quay Doan, said the curbs aren't designed to limit free speech but to manage the rapid growth of the Internet in Vietnam. Other officials said the rules also will protect intellectual property.Expect to see this more and more as authoritarian governments realize that US pressure to ratchet up copyright laws gives them the perfect excuse to hide behind when they focus on censoring the public: just say it's to protect intellectual property, and frame it in the same language that the US is pushing, and it's a free ticket to censor nearly anything.