US Gov't Thinks Censorship Is Bad, Unless It's Paid For

from the funny-how-that-works dept

Aaron DeOliveira sends over an amusing statement summarizing the US government's views towards "censorship" on various issues:
Person: Hey, there are child porn sites everywhere!

Government: We are working on it.

Person: Hey, there's these pro-anorexia sites telling young girls to starve themselves!

Government: W/e. (editor's note for the old people: this means "whatever")

Person: Hey, registered hate groups like the KKK have websites!

Government: Well we can't stop them.

Person: I downloaded a movie from ThePirateBay.

Government: PIRATED MOVIES HARMING NOBODY? Time to censor the Internet!
It may seem quite amazing that the government seems to have a massive blindspot to how copyright conflicts with the First Amendment, but one big difference (of course) is that it's only that last situation that has a group of legacy industry players with strong lobbyist ties to DC pushing for such censorship to protect their outdated business models. And, suddenly, the rest of the chat makes a lot more sense.

Filed Under: censorship, first amendment, the pirate bay


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    John Doe, 21 May 2012 @ 6:03am

    The Gov't doesn't seem to care about any ammendment

    It may seem quite amazing that the government seems to have a massive blindspot to how copyright conflicts with the First Amendment

    They have a massive blind spot to the 1st, 2nd and 4th amendments. In fact, that whole constitution really seems to be in their way right now. Though it doesn't seem to be too much in their way since they are doing pretty much whatever they want to and nobody can stop them.

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