Today, Congress holds hearings on the first proposed American Internet censorship system. Created by the record industry and Hollywood, and with nearly two dozen sponsors, this bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same.
What might it mean for you:
- Website Blocking
The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.
- Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users
It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.
- Chaos for the Internet
Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.
This bill is bad policy; I hope you'll join me in contacting your Representative and Senator to stop this bill.
Visit the American Censorship Day website to learn more.