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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    PrometheeFeu (profile), 14 Jun 2011 @ 5:08pm

    I think you're being unfair to the Chinese Mike. Unlike ICE, they did not violate their citizens' constitutional rights when they took those websites down.

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