Tag Archives: Censorship

Reddit v. Gawker: Is “Doxing” Illegal?

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First it was Reddit v. Digg, now it’s Reddit v. Gawker. Over the past several weeks, the two websites have been at war over an online privacy kerfuffle.  Redditors are upset that a Gawker author outed the identity of a redditor who actively participated in a section on the website called “jailbait”; the folks over at Gawker are upset that Reddit has some questionable sub-sections, like “jailbait.” And now a lot of people are asking “is doxing illegal?” r/Jailbait and r/creepshots: Online Privacy v. Fighting Misogyny The question of what constitutes free speech on the Internet is a hotly debated topic. And for Web platforms that rely on user generated content, it’s a tough call. On the one hand, no ...

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UK Makes Move In An Attempt To Stop Online Piracy

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Officials in the United Kingdom have made a bold move in the Internet copyright infringement and online piracy battle; they’ve ordered broadband providers to block infamous torrent search engine, The Pirate Bay. But many feel the High Court’s decision will do little, if anything, to thwart pirates’ online piracy plans. What Is The Pirate Bay? Why Do Officials Consider It Such An Online Piracy Threat Nearly every article about online copyright infringement law mentions ubiquitous torrent site, The Pirate Bay.  One of the most well-trafficked websites in the world, The Pirate Bay consistently ranks in Alexa’s top 100 worldwide. Now you may be wondering, “well, if it’s a known site for online piracy, why can’t governments shut them down easily?” ...

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Jan Brewer’s Veto Pen: Which Way Will It Wag On Arizona House Bill 2549?

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Today, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed Arizona House Bill 2729 — a piece of legislation concerning firearm freedoms. Being an Internet law firm, though, we’re more curious to see if Gov. Brewer will use the same veto power on Arizona House Bill 2549. A few weeks ago, the Arizona Legislature angered First Amendment advocates and freedom-loving netizens. Copper State officials poked the “hive mind” by passing Arizona House Bill 2549 – an Act intended to thwart cyberbullying and stalking, has instead caused consternation in free speech circles. Arizona House Bill 2549 Basics When you divorce Arizona’s new Internet law from legal analysis, its administrative purpose is to update section 13-2916 of the Arizona Revised Statutes – the state’s long-standing telephone ...

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Comparing DMCA and SOPA

Federal and State Laws
SOPA is the big online copyright legal story of the year thus far. Which got me thinking about the good ‘ole Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – the current work-horse of Internet intellectual property law. In this article we’ll briefly review each bill. So grab a cold one and settle in as we de-construct the various intellectual property laws currently in the news and try to make sense of it all in plain English. Comparing DMCA and SOPA: What the Heck is DMCA, Anyway? DMCA, for those of you who don’t obsessively follow the law, is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Thanks to anti-circumvention statues in the bill, the DMCA is the US copyright law that makes it illegal for ...

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Why Is Wikipedia Down Today? Blame SOPA

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On January 18, 2012, thousands of folks settled into their desks for the day, only to find out that many popular websites weren’t working. Even Google had a special message on their homepage. And it all had to do with the Stop Online Piracy Act, a.k.a., SOPA. The Internet didn’t break that day. It was anti-SOPA day — and many high-profile websites “went dark” for 24 hours to protest against the far-reaching online intellectual property bill that was swiftly making its way through the government. Like most political issues, there were two sides to the SOPA story — those that fiercely defended the measures, and those who fiercely opposed them. But unlike many political issues, SOPA was not a fight ...

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U.S. Resident Arrested For Online Defamation; Internet Censorship in Thailand to Blame

Blogger, Joe Gordon, arrested for online defamation
This one comes to you from the “WTH Files” and Internet censorship in Thailand is the topic at hand… If you’ve ever seen “Broke Down Palace” or are on team-Schapelle-Corby, then you know how easy it can be for unsuspecting westerners to find themselves in an unfamiliar (and often unforgiving) Thai prison.  Traditionally, drugs are to blame when the unlucky land behind Bangkok bars; but this time around, a U.S.-based blogger, Joe Gordon, awakened the ire of the Thai government and is now doing hard time in Thailand. Internet Censorship in Thailand: Joe Gordon, Defendant Fifty-four years ago, Joe Gordon (Thai name: Lerpong Wichaicomma) was born in northeastern Thailand. But for about the past 30 years, Joe has been a ...

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Free Speech Implications of Blocking Blog Posts in India

Free speech laws
India’s got some new, draconian Interne law rules. Netizens and human rights advocates are slamming it as an attack on free speech. India’s Free Speech-Unfriendly Blog Laws Under the new guidelines, anyone — private citizen or political party — can request bans on websites that contain “objectionable material”. The criteria for objectionable content include, but are not limited to: Threats to the sovereign integrity of India, The security of the state, Friendly relations with foreign states, and Public order. Sweeping Law Language Leads to Free Speech Infringement Fears In theory, the move seems justified, but actual practice unearths many of its problems. For starters, objectionable content is 100% subjective, which means it can be used to censor or prohibit topics. ...

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