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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has a group of legacy industry players with strong lobbyist ties to DC pushing for such censorship to protect their outdated business models.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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  1. identicon
    Hypnosis Blogger, 21 May 2012 @ 1:05pm

    Surprised?

    How does this surprise ANYONE?

    Our leaders are for sale... sure, they may not outright take money... but how many dinners, contributions, trips, etc. do they take on the lobbyist dime.

    And you know, whatever lobbyist "donations" they report... they're probably getting twice that under the table or passed through some loophole.

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