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has a group of legacy industry players with strong lobbyist ties to DC pushing for such censorship to protect their outdated business models.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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    Jonathan, 21 May 2012 @ 12:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Legal recognition and support of human beings as a *market commodity* ended in 1865, and slavery as an *institution* ended in 1865.

    The belief that one class of person is fit to rule another and own their productive and creative output is still thriving. Anyone with money can still employ slaves, minus some of the sharper edges, through employment law. It is telling that adherents to the effectively one-sided absolute "freedom to contract" are generally of slave state heritage.

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