Free Speech

by Mike Masnick

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censorship, china, copyright

China Seizes Websites, Clamps Down On Speech... Uses Copyright Infringement As The Excuse

from the but-of-course dept

We noted recently that China had promised the US it would ramp up efforts to "stop online piracy" in China, though at about the same time, we also had noted that it had ramped up its online censorship apparatus. Once again, the two things go hand in hand, as China has shut down hundreds of sites, and put greater restrictions on the web, increasing the overall censorship via The Great Firewall of China. And... it's using copyright law as the excuse. Apparently some of the websites seized were distributing infringing files, so now China can claim that it's just doing the same thing the US is doing, when it puts massive restrictions on the internet and seizes websites.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jun 2011 @ 6:28pm


    We don't need no steenking evidence! We're the Chinese government! You are guilty if we say you are guilty! Selective enforcement is all the go here. Get used to it!

    Of course, if you are good friends with the local Party boss, and -- you know -- there is a continuing flow of "donations" and "gifts", well we can all be friends. No charges would ever have been brought. Isn't that a lovely system? Wouldn't you like to have one just like it in America? You are working on it? Good for you!

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