Friday, June 24, 2011

Internet DUIs

From DemandProgress:

The MPAA and RIAA have convinced companies like Comcast, AT&T, and others to voluntarily create a "Three Strikes" policy -- yes, that's really what they are calling it. CNET reports that your Internet service provider will respond to online file sharing with censorship tools like:

"Throttling down" your Internet bandwidth and speed;
Limiting your access to the Web;
Controlling what websites you are allowed to visit;
And requiring you to attend pirate school to be educated on copyright law.

Well, we already do the same sort of things with DUIs - which don't require that you are actually intoxicated, only that a faulty breath test shows your blood alcohol concentration may be at an arbitrary level that is deemed illegal. You get your license taken away or restricted, and you're required to attend a session to cure you, because it's assumed everyone who's had a beer or two and driven is an alcoholic, and psych majors need jobs.

Because the government will continue to seek more and more control unless and until it all collapses, the passing of such laws as the "Three Strikes" policy to restrict people's freedoms is inevitable.

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