MPAA: ACTA's censoring firewalls will help governments avoid Wikileaks embarrassments


20 Responses to “MPAA: ACTA's censoring firewalls will help governments avoid Wikileaks embarrassments”

  1. Locien says:

    Is the MPAA considered to be an enemy of the human race yet?

  2. Anonymous says:

    As a citizen of Mexico, I find this completely revolting. As a citizen of the world, I find it even more offensive. I truly, dearly hope our legislators don’t fall for this manipulative, Machiavellian bullshit tactic…

  3. technollama says:

    The proposal is now a draft Bill presented to the U.S. Congress called the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), I kid you not. See more here:

  4. Anonymous says:

    Was just going to peruse demonoid and came across COICA. Scared me half to death even if i DO live in Canada. Seems to me that if the US manages to pass something this preposterous it’s only a matter of time until some similar law is imposed here.

    It’s censorship, and it’s wrong. If they can basically put whatever they want on a blacklist.. Everyone should have an issue with that. Oppression always has to start somewhere.

  5. hartboy says:

    So… does this mean we’re going to have to wait a little longer until Boing Boing reports on the MPAA’s efforts to stand up for first amendment rights for video game creators?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Do you think ACTA will be used to censor Wikileaks before, or after, they go for 4chan?

    Captcha fun: selling e-storms
    Prophetic, no?

  7. Larry7 says:

    Will the MPAA be running out of money any time soon? They seem to be clutching at more daring and evil schemes to try to cling to life at the expense of everyone’s privacy & basic freedom of communication… can’t they print movie T-shirts or something instead to make a buck?

  8. Anonymous says:

    WikiLeaks was indeed my absolute first thought upon hearing about COICA.

    The DOJ has already expressed the thought that documents leaked by whistle blowers are the governments Intellectual Property, and so I see no stretch at all in the thought that the DOJ would strike WikiLeaks from the DNS servers.

    Of course with a China style firewall in hand , “In the interests of national security” and “For your protection” rationalizations will abound, giving rise to all sorts of additional DNS filter entries.

    Set China aside for a moment and consider the great firewall of Australia that while originally sold as a filter for kiddie porn
    suddenly found it’s blacklist bloated with all sorts of entries including things like WikiLeaks.

    All these things sold on the back of irrational fears.

    “Fear is easy to sell with the price of purchase but your FREEDOM” –DrClue

  9. Anonymous says:

    Amazing how these “square-jawed, rock-ribbed” young Republicans can square away this government power grab with their oft-stated desire for government to be shrunk to the size of a bathtub so it can be safely drowned in the bathwater.

    It’s the National Security State they want.

    • orwellian says:

      Um, no we don’t. We know that any law-enforcement or national security apparatus can (and will) be used against us when someone with a (D) after their name is in the White House. Not in a ‘black helicopter’ way but in ‘hey, here’s a way to harass opponents’ way. Sure, there are RINO members of the ruling class that think this sort of thing is a good idea, but we’re working on getting rid of them.

      • Anonymous says:

        As I recall the “Patriot Act” was brought to us by the folks at (R) not the folks at (D).

        None the less , there is no such thing as RED or BLUE, just greed
        and it’s victims.

        The powers that be roll out the little RED and BLUE ball simply to keep the children busy while the “grownups” make off with our homes,jobs,future and FREEDOM.

  10. watchout5 says:

    I feel sorry for the public officials who think this system would be somehow better for society. The people who are really hacking and cracking will find ways around this before it’s even put in place. They’ll either spoof who they are, and send thousands of innocent people out of the internet for years, or just plain drive into the depths of the internets where no one will ever find them unless you’re both looking for them and have a billion passwords. That’s not even addressing the claim about classified information. So long as our computers are all connected to each other there’s nothing they can do to stop us, only slow us down. If you really wanted to get rid of kiddy porn you could be way more aggressive than that. You’re not going to put up a firewall thousands of miles away to stop perverts, let’s be realistic here. You’re going to need boots on the ground stopping the cameras from even taking the pictures, once it’s hit the internet it’s pretty much too late. This bill will not do what they claim it will, not even a little, it’ll only give them the option to turn off people who are too stupid to hide themselves.

  11. Anonymous says:

    At least among my “square jawed rock ribbed” Republican young earth Creationist friends, we ALL believe net neutrality is important and critical to the success of our nation, and that to put in place internet filtering or censorship of any sort is both morally reprehensible and counter-productive. It is exactly this sort of filtering that is used by the Chinese, Iranian, Vietnamese etc governments, that prevents their people from accessing Christian resources and hearing the Gospel.
    It would be foolish to assume that others would not act similarly.The Internet is just a tool, and unfortunately, because it has been used for bad things people are afraid of it.

  12. Charlotte Corday says:

    I’m sure we can start cutting back on the MPAA’s influence, as well as government censorship, as soon as we get Bush and his rock-ribbed creationists out of the White House.

  13. IronEdithKidd says:

    This treaty appears to violate human rights. It’s not being pursued in the best interest of humanity. It’s being pursued by greedy dinosaurs who can’t think their way out of the wet paper bag that is their dying industry.

    I’d just like to know how/if this shit can actually be stopped.

  14. AirPillo says:

    “Totalitarian lol it’s the way to go guys :D”

  15. Jonam says:

    Looks like the MPAA has infiltrated the Australian government as this policy sounds very similar to their (Aust govt’s) push for a national filter to block “Refused Classification” content.

    The argument that has been used so far is that the filter is to be used to block child pornography and other such material with the blacklist to be kept secret. Anyone who opposes this policy is shouted down and accused of supporting said child pornography.

    Of course, once the filter is in, there is nothing stopping the government of the day from “mission creep” and adding any site that it wishes to censor wihout the public being any wiser.

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