by Mike Masnick
Wed, Mar 24th 2010 5:17pm
We've pointed out a few times that there are great similarities between the way China censors the internet and the provisions in the leaked drafts of ACTA. They're both based on increasing secondary liability to try to get third parties to silence a certain form of expression. Of course, the same is also true of the Digital Economy Bill in the UK (which is sort of a mini-ACTA for the UK). Kevin Marks did a brilliant job comparing and contrasting the language of Rebecca MacKinnon's Congressional testimony on the effects of internet blocking in China -- compared directly to language in the Digital Economy Bill. He also makes the tie-in with Bono's statements from a few months back, suggesting that countries implement Chinese-style censorship to stop copyright infringement -- noting that's exactly what the DEB tries to do. Basically, the DEB enables a very similar form of censorship in the UK that the Chinese government has put in place in China -- it's just that it seeks to censor potentially infringing expression, rather than political expression. And, of course, don't be at all surprised when China uses these laws as justification for its own censorship policies. And, yet, it's still stunning to see US politicians heavily involved in condemning China's online censorship while actively supporting similar forms of censorship at home.
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