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#1 blakjak

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:34 PM

https://www.techdirt...-internet.shtml

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The Companies Who Support Censoring The Internet

from the censorship-is-good-for-business dept

A group of companies sent a letter to to Attorney General Eric Holder and ICE boss John Morton today (with cc's to VP Joe Biden, Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano, IP Czar Victoria Espinel, Rep. Lamar Smith, Rep. John Conyers, Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Charles Grassley), supporting the continued seizure of domain names they don't like, as well as the new COICA censorship bill, despite the serious Constitutional questions raised about how such seizures violate due process and free speech principles. While many reporting on this letter refused to actually post a copy of the full letter, kudos to Greg Sandoval over at News.com for doing so (full text also included after the jump on this post).

The companies try to present a united front that censoring the internet is a good thing. It includes the usual suspects of Viacom and NBC Universal on the content side and Louis Vuitton and Tiffany on the counterfeiting side, but there are a few other interesting names: such as Monster Cable (never met an IP law it didn't want to abuse, apparently), the NBA, MLB and NFL (sports leagues unite in censorship!) as well as Voltage Pictures, famous for suing thousands of fans for downloading Hurt Locker. Activison, which has become increasingly aggressive on IP issues lately is on the list as well, of course. Anyway, here's the full list of companies that support censoring the internet, because they're too lazy to compete in the marketplace or innovate when that market changes:
  • Nike - Beaverton, OR
  • Achushnet - Fairhaven, MA
  • Curb Music Publishing - Nashville, TN
  • NBC Universal - New York, NY
  • Viacom - New York, NY
  • Callaway - Carlsbad, CA
  • Cleveland Golf - Huntington Beach, CA
  • Rosetta Stone - Arlington, VA
  • Activision - Santa Monica, CA
  • Adidas Group - Portland, OR
  • Xerox - Norwalk, CT
  • Hastings Entertainment, Inc. - Amarillo, TX
  • Fortune Brands - Deerfield, IL
  • Coty Inc. - New York, NY
  • EDGE Entertainment Distribution - Streetsboro, OH
  • Oakley, Inc. - Foothill Ranch, CA
  • PING - Phoenix, AZ
  • Louis Vuitton - New York, NY
  • D'Addario and Company - Farmingdale, NY
  • Monster Cable Products, Inc. - Brisbane, CA
  • Tiffany and Co. - New York, NY
  • Farouk Systems, Inc. - Houston, TX
  • Beam Global - Deerfield, IL
  • Chanel USA - New York, NY
  • True Religion Apparel, Inc. - Vernon, CA
  • Concord Music Group - Beverly Hills, CA
  • Village Roadshow Pictures - Beverly Hills, CA
  • National Basketball Association - New York, NY
  • National Football League - New York, NY
  • The Collegiate Licensing Company/IMG College - Atlanta, GA
  • Anderson Merchandisers - Amarillo, TX
  • Trans World Entertainment Corporation - Albany, NY
  • Timberland - Stratham, NH
  • Major League Baseball - New York, NY
  • Lightening Entertainment/Mainline Releasing - Santa Monica, CA
  • Sierra Pictures - Beverly Hills, CA
  • Voltage Pictures LLC - Los Angeles, CA
  • Worldwide Film Entertainment LLC - Westchester, CA
  • Nu Image, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA
  • Burberry Limited - New York, NY
  • Big Machine Records - Nashville, TN
  • The Little Film Company - Studio City, CA
  • Columbia Sportswear Company - Portland, OR
These companies are clearly trying to protect their own business interests, but it seems reasonable to let them know that you don't appreciate them seeking to censor the internet. If you haven't been following this story, and want to understand the details, we've discussed why COICA is all about censoring websites without due process and in violation of the First Amendment. We've also discussed how the ongoing (pre-COICA) domain name seizures were riddled with serious errors that appear to violate the law as well, including seizing the domains of blogs regularly used and recognized within the music industry based on evidence involving songs sent by the record labels themselves.

And, of course, none of this is to say that violating copyright or trademark laws should be allowed. But we have a system to deal with such things: you file a lawsuit, you have an adversarial hearing in a courtroom (i.e., due process) and you let both sides present their case. COICA and these domain seizures look to avoid all of that. And that's a big, big problem. That these companies would support such censorship and leapfrogging over due process suggests that they're companies not worth doing business with.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

mlb and nba too

good nhl not on the list.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

now they're ruining football and the internetz!

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

They're just trying to hide the players retarded tweets...right shady?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

View Postrambo, on 01 February 2013 - 02:58 PM, said:

They're just trying to hide the players retarded tweets...right shady?

u dunt NO me!

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

View PostDawkins 20, on 01 February 2013 - 04:30 PM, said:

u dunt NO me!
i Dn't be pLying yo.  use juS sUm sToopiD caNdiEn TuL

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

Say No.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

View Postshady4mvp, on 01 February 2013 - 02:42 PM, said:

mlb and nba too

good nhl not on the list.
they don't have any power, eh

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:51 PM

Along these lines, I just read that the 49er that doesn't like gays in the locker room is now being forced to go through "re-education" and serve community service time helping "at risk gay youth".

Welcome to the United Soviet States of Amerika.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:30 AM

What exactly do they mean by "censoring the internet?" That seems awfully vague.

How will this effect my porn watching?

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:04 AM

View PostSevendust912, on 03 February 2013 - 12:30 AM, said:

What exactly do they mean by "censoring the internet?" That seems awfully vague.

How will this effect my porn watching?
All porn has to be in the .xxx domain, once that is completed, all .xxx sites will be filtered into non-existence.