Senator Feinstein Trying To Sneak ISP Copyright Filtering Into Broadband Stimulus Bill

from the just-what-we-didn't-need dept

One of our big fears with the stimulus bill was that with such a huge deal, there would be plenty of small opportunities for lobbyists to slip in absolutely awful language. Well, it’s happening. Sen. Feinstein has inserted language into the stimulus bill that would officially “allow network management” for “deterring unlawful activity” including “copyright infringement.” Of course, right before “copyright infringement” it also lists “child pornography” because no politician wants to be seen as voting against something that stops child pornography. As Public Knowledge points out, the whole thing doesn’t make much sense. Network management tools are different than content filtering tools — so saying that the use of network management tools is necessary for the sake of content filtering is a red herring. And, if this does involve deep-packet inspection, as is implied by the amendment, it seems like a huge privacy violation, allowing an ISP to spy on everything you do online. Public Knowledge is trying to get out the word that this should not be allowed in the stimulus bill.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Does anyone else find it funny that they’re trying to use the stimulus bill to hinder porn?

Especially considering that some from the porn industry have also been lobbying for a stimulus package for the pron industry, what with porn DVD sales being down due to the economy. Maybe the taxpayer will get to finance both sides, as usual.

Anonymous Coward says:

Please let me ask a question that is not related to Feinstein’s activities, but to the stimulus package in general.

Watching Obama’s press conference last night I was stuck by his statement that in these economic times spending was necessary to boost “demand”, and that the stimulus package was a way to do so via targeted government spending. Of course, those doing the targeted spending are located with the “Beltway”.

Looking at the numbers for all stimulus packages (this and the recent bailout packages), they are rapidly closing in on a figure of about $2,000,000,000,000, or about $6,667 for every man, woman and child residing in the US. My question: Who is best situated to stimulate the economy, a federal bureaucracy picking and choosing where to send money, or individuals with an extra $6,667 sitting in their wallets?

Kirk says:

Re: Re: Feds or People

Remember that we’re talking about americans here. I love this country, but these are the same people that are so disconnected from their government that it’s possible to put this, the patriot act, the DMCA, etc. through the legislature. How many playstation3’s and lottery tickets will it take to heal the economy. It’s not that I believe so strongly in our government; it’s that I’m losing my faith in the people too. Giving directly and equally to every man, woman, and child would be the pinnacle of democracy. I for one am glad we have a republic.

sf suave says:

I hate her...

Feinstein is, in my opinion, a horrible self serving bitch.

Jello Biafra once referred to her as “the dragon lady with no ****ing heart”.

For years now she has been a blight on the face of American politics.

She has always trolled out the “protecting the children” line when all she seems to be protecting, as far as I can see it, are her own interests.

It comes as no suprise to me that she’s behind anything like this.

sf Tony says:

She is the devil incarnate

Diane Feinstein, even amongst the Democrats in CA, is known as the wicked witch of the west. I can’t stand that woman and whenever I see her name or picture, it really ruins my day. She is almost as bad as Orin Hatch of Utah when it comes to pandering to the entertainment industry. She has no heart and I agree with the b*** label 100%.

Anonymous12 says:

·moc·ra·cy (d-mkr-s)
n. pl. de·moc·ra·cies
1. Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
2. A political or social unit that has such a government.
3. The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
4. Majority rule.
5. The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.

@Kirk: I agree with your sentiments, but you clearly need some correction. You’re confusing communism with democracy.
America is a DEMOCRATIC (Majority rule, elected representatives) Republic:

A political order whose head of state is not a monarch and in modern times is usually a president.


Just because our leaders (the Senate primarily not the President) are full of nice socialistic ideals, doesn’t change the definition of democracy. I can’t believe the ignorance on some of these basic issues.

kirk says:


I would not be so bold as to claim your definitions innacurate, but I believe my reckoning of the differences between domocracy and republic, while not very nuanced, is truer and represents a more widely held understanding.

It is sad that you agree with me on the other points, at least in the implication that I might be correct. I am looking forward to some contradictory posts, so I can get my appetite back before lunch.


Anonymous12 says:

@kirk: I take it that was half trying to be funny, half trying to salvage a point? It ended up making no sense.
While you don’t disagree with dictionary definitions, you still believe your definitions to be more true? Also LOL “a more widely held understanding”. You mean lots of people are uneducated, or believe a popular understanding over reality? No $hit sherlock. You are correct on the other points. MY point is, any time you go around incorrectly defining things, you risk undermining any valid points you have. I could have made this point on a thousand posts. Yours seemed the most easily accessable. I hope you ate well. Cheers.

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