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9/16/2019 10:09:13 PM
Posted: 1/6/2012 12:28:20 PM EDT
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/how-the-us-convinced-spain-to-adopt-internet-censorship.ars

Though a deeply divided Congress is currently considering Internet website censorship legislation, the US has no such official policy—not even for child porn, which is voluntarily blocked by some ISPs. Nor does the US have a government-backed "three strikes" or "graduated response" system of escalating warnings to particular users accused of downloading music and movies from file-sharing networks.

Yet here was the ultimatum that the US Embassy in Madrid gave the Spanish government in February 2008: adopt such measures or we will punish you. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we have the text of the diplomatic cable announcing the pressure tactics.

We propose to tell the new government that Spain will appear on the Watch List if it does not do three things by October 2008. First, issue a [Government of Spain] announcement stating that Internet piracy is illegal, and that the copyright levy system does not compensate creators for copyrighted material acquired through peer-to-peer file sharing. Second, amend the 2006 "circular” that is widely interpreted in Spain as saying that peer-to-peer file sharing is legal. Third, announce that the GoS [Government of Spain] will adopt measures along the lines of the French and/or UK proposals aimed at curbing Internet piracy by the summer of 2009.




Link Posted: 1/6/2012 12:31:07 PM EDT
damnit, SOPA could very well be the death of the internet as we know it and that is not some chicken little hyperbole
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 12:32:47 PM EDT
Fucking Socialists, both theirs and ours.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 12:35:54 PM EDT
Can't read the full article at work. What "watch list"?
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 1:09:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Fatbert:
Fucking Socialists, both theirs and ours.


I despise Obama, but Feb 2008 was during GWB's term.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 1:11:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Alien:
Originally Posted By Fatbert:
Fucking Socialists, both theirs and ours.


I despise Obama, but Feb 2008 was during GWB's term.


And?
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