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Tracking Censorship Through Copyright Proposals Worldwide 34

jrepin writes "Global Chokepoints is an online resource created to document and monitor global proposals to turn Internet intermediaries into copyright police. These proposals harm Internet users' rights of privacy, due process and freedom of expression, and endanger the future of the free and open Internet. Our goal is to provide accurate empirical information to digital activists and policy makers, and help coordinate international opposition to attempts to cut off free expression through misguided copyright laws, policies, agreements and court cases. Scroll down to see a list of countries currently featured for threatening free expression through copyright censorship."
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Tracking Censorship Through Copyright Proposals Worldwide

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  • by TaoPhoenix ( 980487 ) <> on Thursday December 01, 2011 @03:51PM (#38230354) Journal

    It is a nice concept, linking the various laws etc that we know bits about.

    However it needs more countries.

    Based on Slashdot entries, France and Australia are notable missing entries.

  • DMCA... (Score:5, Informative)

    by TypoNAM ( 695420 ) on Thursday December 01, 2011 @03:53PM (#38230382)
    I'm not sure what Digital Music Copyright Act is under United States of America [] country section, but I've heard of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If they can't even get that part right then why should I bother with the website at all?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    you can believe in. I guess you really don't have to like something to believe in it. I see what he did there. No promise to veto yet.. still waiting.

  • As soon as you plug into the internet you should have very little expectation of privacy. All your files are now available to a hack, your browsing habits are available to the OS and there for to logging and your banking information is now available to anyone sniffing. When the internet because common place privacy became obsolete. If you were concerned with your privacy then you wouldn't go on-line.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      The site has pretty much nothing to do with privacy, regardless of what the quick abstract says. Its more about censorship and how much governmental control there is over the Internet infrastructure in that country.

    • Internet privacy isn't exactly dead, but it's very close to it. Privacy, to a degree, is available for those who do a bit of work to preserve their privacy. Of course, some people think I'm crazy for going to the effort. []

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This would be some website with no apparent traffic nor any viable revenue model...interesting.
    I wonder who's footing the bills for the operating costs? hmmm...?
    But obviously some benefactor with some kind of agenda...interesting...

  • by Pf0tzenpfritz ( 1402005 ) on Thursday December 01, 2011 @04:29PM (#38230892) Journal
    For an anti-censorship site this means a massive faux-pas.
  • Another inaccuracy (Score:5, Informative)

    by geezer nerd ( 1041858 ) on Thursday December 01, 2011 @04:30PM (#38230914)
    After complaints of sloppy inaccuracy over the DMCA meaning, I took a look at NZ. The writers seem to have it backwards about the "notice fee". As I remember the arguments at the time the law was passed, the rightsholders are charged BY the ISP a fee to help compensate for their work in determining the offender and the delivery of the notice. The text on the website says the rightsholders charge the ISP, which makes no sense at all.

    I was quite perturbed when the act was passed "under urgency", which means debate and committee consideration of the bill are curtailed somewhat. There was really no "urgency" for the matter that I could detect.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      The writers seem to have it backwards about the "notice fee".

      It's because they're upside down.

    • by Ihmhi ( 1206036 )

      I really think we need a lot of political reform to keep this stuff from happening.

      Firstly, we'd need to make sure legislators aren't too far away from the office (so to speak). If you had a job where you had to show up in person every day, would they hire you if you lived several hundred miles away? Therefore legislators should live within a reasonable distance of wherever it is that they have to meet during their term.

      Secondly, we need to slow things down. I know Congress can often be cumbersome, but more

  • by dpilot ( 134227 ) on Thursday December 01, 2011 @05:13PM (#38231388) Homepage Journal

    At the core of "censorship" efforts like PROTECT-IP and the like is a world-view that considers the internet to be a content distribution means.

    Thinking in those terms they're trying to solve content distribution problems without even considering side-effects. Sometimes I wonder if they even realize that content distribution is only a tiny portion of what the internet is capable of, or how much their ham-fisted efforts are causing trouble for those other uses.

    • by Anonymous Coward


      They don't care.

      Those "other uses" do nothing for their bottom line, and therefore are not on their radar for consideration in the slightest.

  • Every political web site I have ever set up was shut down through fony DMCA complaints.

    • by Burz ( 138833 )

      These web sites sound like they would be interesting.

      Try setting them up within I2P. Then they won't be able to shut you down.

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