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has a group of legacy industry players with strong lobbyist ties to DC pushing for such censorship to protect their outdated business models.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.