There is an interesting implication in the research paper from the British Medical Journal
relating to possible tobacco advertising on YouTube. The part which struck me was this statement:
"Since content may be removed from YouTube if it is found to breach copyright or if it contains offensive material, there is scope for the public and health organisations to request the removal of pro-tobacco content containing copyright or offensive material."
It seems to be a suggestion that the ability to claim for copyright infringement should be available, not just to the author, but anybody who might find it useful as a tool for censorship.
[Posted at 09/23/2010 03:03 AM by David K. Levine on IP as Censorship comments(7)]
Better than that, forthcoming remedies available to our copyright holding overlords need only suspicion as grounds to disconnect/excommunicate individuals or websites from the Internet.
The beauty of it is that all those whiny individuals and websites that raise a stink about it, can thus be excommunicated at will.
The Internet can then be restored to its proper use as another media channel for content consuming couch potatoes.
[Comment at 09/23/2010 04:41 AM by Crosbie Fitch]
Intellectual Property = Reign of Terror
[Comment at 09/23/2010 05:23 AM by Steve R.]
Yes Steve, and without the means to disclose the state's corruption (viz WikiLeaks) who will ever become aware of those 'silenced' from such disclosure?
ACTA is a reprise of the Statute of Anne, the state's defensive control of a beholden press (suppressing insurrection & sedition) through the reward of privilege - a lucrative monopoly.
ACTA simply transfers ownership of the Internet to the state and its press. If they are granted powers to arbitrarily exclude then they recreate the powers of any property owner. If they don't like what you have to say, no-one will hear it, you will cease to speak it, and no-one will notice - if any complained they would join you.
Statute of Anne - national
US Copyright - continental
ACTA - multinational/global
Let me know when they finish terraforming Mars, I suspect this planet has run out of libertarian sanctuary.
[Comment at 09/23/2010 05:49 AM by Crosbie Fitch]
There is always Somalia.
[Comment at 09/23/2010 08:27 AM by Anonymous]
you mean because of the support of piracy? :D
[Comment at 09/24/2010 11:13 AM by Samuel Hora]
I was thinking more about their lack of government. If there was ever a place available for a pure Libertarian society, Somalia seems like the place.
[Comment at 09/24/2010 11:25 AM by Anonymous]
Somalia has a government, and the conflict there can reasonably be described as a civil war outside of Puntland and the Northwest.
[Comment at 09/24/2010 04:50 PM by Anonymous17]