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Censorship

Submission + - Ham-fisted Music Trade Association Attacks Internet (Again) (techdirt.com)

cpu6502 writes: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) CEO Cary Sherman wants big internet service corporations to block content he says is destroying a fossilized music industry. "Intermediaries like search engines would [negotiate] voluntary marketplace best practices to prevent directing users to sites that are dedicated to violating property rights." In other words, Sherman and the RIAA want Google to delist certain websites in Orwellian memory hole fashion. Sherman made his remarks before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing which is deciding if government should allow business to put FM receivers in the next generation of smart phones.

The RIAA and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) are in the business of stigmatizing file sharing as criminal behavior despite the fact much of the content is original and is not in violation of copyright law. MegaUpload.com and HotFile.com represent a "business model that cuts out the legacy gatekeepers" and allows alternative content producers to distribute their products to consumers without the burdensome intervention of a middleman.

Privacy

Submission + - Mozilla Warns CISPA Is "Alarming" Threat to Privacy (cnet.com)

cpu6502 writes: Tech giant Mozilla has publicly slammed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) saying, "While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security. The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse."

Other companies Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Symantec, AT&T and Verizon have all backed the bill. CISPA has been identified as a greater threat to privacy than SOPA, because it would mandate ISPs to share Internet data of users with government, while receiving immunity from civil and criminal liability in court.

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