Thursday, September 19, 2013

Copyright lobby wants to pressure search engines into blacklisting; "Likes" are protected speech, like yard signs

Electronic Frontier Foundation is reporting that the MPAA and copyright lobby are pressuring search engine companies (Bing, Yahoo! And Google) to enter into “voluntary agreements” to blacklist sites that the copyright owners say are infringers, story by Parker Higgins here
  
It’s obvious that this could cause some sites to essentially go out of business without any sort of due process based on false accusation. 
  
Along these lines, visitors should check an LTE today, “The Internet’s Broadcasting Power” in the Washington Post, by Jesse Webber, link here. Webber writes, “The Internet is the best tool the common person has for communicating with a large number of people.”  The letter is in response to an article by Alexandra Petri, discussed here Saturday Sept. 14.
  

Also important, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Wednesday that “Liking” an item on a social network site is protected speech, equivalent to a yard sign, and that a public employee cannot be fired for “liking” a particular political opponent of his or her boss, Fox news story here.   

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