By Robert Romano
Do you like interacting with your friends on social networking sites
like Facebook, or looking at user-created videos on YouTube? Or simply
surfing on Google to find the most up to date news and information?
Well, the Internet could get a lot more bumpy in the coming months.
Congress is considering legislation that Americans for Limited
Government President Bill Wilson said would “give the government power
to censor the Internet.”
The bill by Chairman of theHouse Judiciary Committee Rep. Lamar
Smith, HR 3261, claims to be targeting Internet piracy websites that
frequently post materials that infringe on copyright law. But it goes
much, much further than that.
“Nobody likes Internet piracy, but this legislation is going to
create a regime of Internet censorship in the name of protecting
copyright. This will particularly endanger social networking sites,
search engines, and any website that allows users to upload content of
being shut down,” Wilson warned.
“Why would anyone want to give government the power to shut down
websites?” Wilson asked, adding, “There are already sufficient
protections for copyright under existing law, including the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act.”
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