Heritage Foundation Says SOPA Threatens Free Speech

from the pirates? dept

We recently wrote about the somewhat surprising move that The Heritage Foundation had come out against SOPA. This was surprising mainly because the think tank was famous for being very closely aligned with the MPAA on copyright issues in the past -- even to the ridiculous degree of insisting that "there is no difference between shoplifting a DVD from a store and illegally downloading a copyrighted movie from Kazaa." However even an organization that has made that statement in the past recognizes that SOPA/PIPA aren't actually about copyright, but about regulating the internet in dangerous ways.

The think tank has decided to speak out again about how SOPA "threatens free speech." Much of the discussion focuses on the government's totally bungled seizure and censorship of Dajaz1.com. It notes how ridiculously overbroad this kind of censorship is under existing law, and questions why we would want to go down the "slippery slope" of expanding those powers for the government.

Once again, when even the most strident supporters of copyright are recognizing what horrible bills SOPA and PIPA are, it makes you wonder how Congress can continue to move forward with them.
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Filed Under: copyright, free speech, pipa, protect ip, sopa
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    Paul, 29 Dec 2011 @ 2:07am

    wonder how ?

    In my opinion there is a hidden fuel that pushes this kind of bills and it is "control" or the lack of it. And its not happening only in America it is a global phenomenon.

    Internet is the only medium that offers free speech. The rest are just near images.
    There is always somebody that does not want for some information to spread. We all have done something wrong in our lives and told to our selves "if only these two people would now about it...". So what you get is "free speech" where you can talk about it but don't shout to loud. Powerful people always wanted to suppress some information and they bribe the media to keep it or do other ugly things. In the end you will get rumors about something but not real information.
    Fast forward to present and shouting something on the internet has the potential of a global audience, uuu that's not good, that means that killing a woman at a protest in some country will not have the effect of a rumor but you get 1 - 4 videos of that happening speeding faster than a virus on a global scale. Ohh shit now we've don it... what do we do next ahh crap we need to get rid of this internet.

    do a google search on "Death of Neda Agha-Soltan"

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