Our Dark Overlord Wants Harsher Crackdown on Websites and Bloggers

After numerous attempts like this to silence bloggers and the Rightwing, don’t you even dare try tell me Obama isn’t a freakin’ fascist, totalitarian commie!

White House wants new copyright law crackdown
by Declan McCullagh – CNET

The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making “illegal streaming” of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers.

In a 20-page white paper (PDF), the Obama administration called on the U.S. Congress to fix “deficiencies that could hinder enforcement” of intellectual property laws.

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Some of the highlights:

• The White House is concerned that “illegal streaming of content” may not be covered by criminal law, saying “questions have arisen about whether streaming constitutes the distribution of copyrighted works.” To resolve that ambiguity, it wants a new law to “clarify that infringement by streaming, or by means of other similar new technology, is a felony in appropriate circumstances.”

• Under federal law, wiretaps may only be conducted in investigations of serious crimes, a list that was expanded by the 2001 Patriot Act to include offenses such as material support of terrorism and use of weapons of mass destruction. The administration is proposing to add copyright and trademark infringement, arguing that move “would assist U.S. law enforcement agencies to effectively investigate those offenses.”

• Under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it’s generally illegal to distribute hardware or software–such as the DVD-decoding software Handbrake available from a server in France–that can “circumvent” copy protection technology. The administration is proposing that if Homeland Security seizes circumvention devices, it be permitted to “inform rightholders,” “provide samples of such devices,” and assist “them in bringing civil actions.”

The term “fair use” does not appear anywhere in the report. But it does mention Web sites like The Pirate Bay, which is hosted in Sweden, when warning that “foreign-based and foreign-controlled Web sites and Web services raise particular concerns for U.S. enforcement efforts.” (See previous coverage of a congressional hearing on overseas sites.)

The usual copyright hawks, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, applauded the paper, which grew out of a so-called joint strategic plan that Vice President Biden and Espinel announced in June 2010.

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One Comment on “Our Dark Overlord Wants Harsher Crackdown on Websites and Bloggers”

  1. Big Frank Says:

    As I have stated before our ‘Dear Leader’ and his heavy handed band of leftist control freaks are turning the FBI and DHS into a Stazi type of secret police outside the normal agencies in federal law enforcement. They are already keeping files on people whom they ‘suspect’ may be enemies of the regime, using national security as an excuse. One would think that law enforcement resources would be better utilized by going after real hardened criminals, street gang members, and potential terrorists and Jihadists.


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