Now it seems that the Department of Homeland Security, you know, the agency created to protect the US from terrorists, deems copyright infringement as terrorism. They have been seizing and shutting down many sites, wait for it, not PROVEN, but ACCUSED of Copyright infringement. I seem to remember something in our history, ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ So I guess when Viacom, MPAA, RIAA, and other media corporations have a complaint, that innocent line can be suspended.
Very frustrating to see commercial lobbyists setting policy, since our representatives are either too uninterested or just unaware of how this violates our freedoms. Yes, all along, I have agreed that many sites are run just for the distribution of pirated music and movies. What about all the torrent sites that share open source software like Ubuntu and other Linux distros or open source software? As a CNET article states:
The seizures came after a Senate committee unanimously approved a controversial proposal earlier this month that would allow the government to pull the plug on Web sites accused of aiding piracy. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) allows a Web site’s domain to be seized if it “has no demonstrable, commercially significant purpose or use other than” offering or providing access to unauthorized copies of copyrighted works. (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20023918-93.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20)
So yes, on paper and as a sound bite, this policy sounds ok. They will only seize a site if it does not contain good, cleared content. My question though–who decides that? I am guessing the MPAA and RIAA lobbyists. Again, on paper, it sounds great, but reality is far from good. Just another example of our government taking rights away from citizens in favor of corporate entities. No wonder we have the problems with safety–Homeland Security is off doing things not in their charter…