MPAA Praises Government Censorship And Lack Of Due Process

from the that-might-come-back-to-haunt-them... dept

You would think, of all industries, the movie industry would be particularly careful about praising US government censorship of content, since it's not that far down the slippery slope until the government justifies censoring movie content as well. But, apparently, as long as it's on the "internet," it's fine to censor. The MPAA has come out, once again, with praise for Homeland Security's blatant censorship of websites without due process or any concern for prior restraint. Not only that, but the MPAA is delusional. It claims that seizing the URLs has "put illegal sites out of business" and also "raised public awareness."

First of all, nearly all of the sites seized for copyright infringement claims reappeared on other domains pretty quickly. So, claiming that these seizures put them out of business is simply incorrect. And if it's "raised public awareness" of anything, it's how the MPAA and the US government are censoring websites and eschewing the basic principles of due process. It's really amazing how many people have been following this story and realizing just how far the US government is going, and how ridiculous it is. There's simply no way to make that look good. This is making the MPAA and the US government look like bad third world dictators, seeking to censor websites that they don't like.

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    Chris-Mouse (profile), 31 Mar 2011 @ 12:49pm

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    Who ever said that "Due Process" has to come before the criminal act is stopped??

    Criminal act? What criminal act? The police do not have the authority to decide if someone is or is not a criminal. That is something only the courts can do.
    The police do have the authority to stop a criminal act if they see it happening. Being told about it by a third party is not seeing it happen.
    the police also have the authority to seize evidence to prevent it from being destroyed. A domain name is not evidence of anything, nor can it be destroyed.
    ICE, the arm of the government that did the seizing, has neither of those police powers. ICE has the authority to detain people illegally in the country, and seize illegally imported contraband. A domain name is not a person, and neither imported, nor contraband. ICE simply does not have anything even remotely resembling the authority to do what it did.

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